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HC allows banners for Modi-Xi visit to Chennai
Tamil Nadu

HC allows banners for Modi-Xi visit to Chennai

S Murari

The Madras High Court on Thursday allowed the Tamil Nadu Government to put up banners to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping who are coming to Chennai later this month for biletaral talks scheduled to be held at Mabahabalipuram.

A division bench of Justices M Sathnayanarayanan and N Seshasee allowed the banners after Municipal Commissioner K Bhaskaran gave an undertaking that all rules would be followed in erection of banners in public places.

The undertaking was given as the bench had earlier said its earlier orders should be strictly followed and registered political parties should not erect banners without the prior permission of the local authorities.

The court said government entities do not need any licence to put up banners in buildings owned by them. However, they should also comply with the rules and regulations. The Government thought it prudent to approach the high court following an outcry over the death of young software professional Subasree in a road accident on Sept 9 last, caused by an illegal banner put up by an AIADMK functionary in the middle of the road coming down crashing on her.