Saturday, December 27, 2014

HC fumes at sycophants: Orders removal of statues, flexis from public spaces

Stating that sycophants are having a field day everywhere by erecting statues, massive cut-outs, flexis and banners of political leaders including prime ministers, chief ministers and ministers right in the middle of busy roads, parks and other public places much to the chagrin of the common man, the Hyderabad High Court on Friday directed both the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to remove forthwith all such illegally installed structures in their respective states.

"We are sure even those dignitaries whose statues and photographs are paraded like this on the roads will surely find it embarrassing as those who erect such structures are doing so without taking permission from the concerned authorities," said the bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Sanjay Kumar.

The bench was hearing a plea by Sudanagunta Muralikrishna, a resident of Prakasam district, who wanted the court to restrain the sarpanches of Mukthinuthalapadu and Throvagunta panchayats in the district from going ahead with their plan to 'construct a small platform for installing a statue' that will encroach into the 15 feet road connecting the villages of Mukthinuthalapadu and Gudimillapadu to the nearest national highway. Such structures come up only in an anarchic state and not in a democracy, the bench said.

Expressing disapproval over the tacit silence being displayed by the authorities, the bench told the advocates general of Telangana and AP: "It has become a rampant practice. Remove forthwith all statues, cut-outs, flexis, banners conveying birthday wishes and big panels. We want both the state governments to follow this order."

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