The High Court of Himachal Pradesh on Monday directed to implead all the candidates contesting elections for the Legislative Assembly, 2017 from three electoral constituencies-Shimla (Urban), Shimla(Rural) and Kasumpati-as party respondents in the matter related to wall writing, pasting of posters/papers or defacement in any other form, or erecting/displaying of cutouts, hoardings, banners flags etc.
A Division Bench comprising the Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed these orders on a petition filed by Deven Khanna(Advocate).
The petitioner has alleged that political parties are painting every possible place with their slogans and appeal for a vote, whereas writing on walls of government properties is prohibited under the Himachal Pradesh Open Places(Prevention of Disfigurement Act), 1985.
During the hearing of the petition, it was observed by the Court that the orders of Court are not being implemented in letter and spirit. After going through the affidavit of the Chief Electoral Officer, the Court further observed that certain steps have been taken but whole of Shimla Town, which essentially forms part of three electoral constituencies, namely, Shimla (Urban), Shimla(Rural) and Kasumpati, has been defaced with the pasting of posters and stickers by the candidates of all political parties as well as independent candidates. Therefore, the Court directed to implead all the candidates as party respondents from the abovesaid constituencies.
The matter has been listed for further hearing on 7 November.