The Madras High Court came down heavily on Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government, its officials and politicians for not implementing its orders on illegal banners, in wake of the death of a woman techie who fell off her two-wheeler after being struck by a banner of the ruling party and was run over.
The High Court on Friday directed the state government and Chennai Corporation to take disciplinary action against officials who failed to prevent illegal flex boards that led to death of 22-yr-old Subashree in Chennai.
The court asked “how many more litres of blood should paint the roads” as it ordered Rs 5 lakh compensation for the techie’s family.
The court was hearing a contempt petition filed for non-compliance of its order banning political parties from putting up banners.
Subashree, who was working in a software company, was returning home from office when she was run over by a water tanker as she fell down on the road when an illegal hoarding put up by a ruling AIADMK functionary fell on her on Thursday in Chennai.
Even though the Madras High Court had banned hoardings in public places, an AIADMK party official C Jayagopal had put up the banner at the centre of the busy Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road.
The banner had the images of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and others for a family wedding. Panneersevlam had attended that wedding.
The court said Subashree was in the prime of her life and would have contributed to the country’s growth, and asked who would answer to her parents now.
It also said it has lost faith in the government following its failure to implement its orders issued over the past several years against illegal banners.
The court also wondered whether politicians would not attend weddings if banners were not put up, and said Chief Minister K Palaniswami should issue a statement asking his partymen to desist from such acts.
Following the incident, political parties in Tamil Nadu have urged their cadres not to put up banners or hoardings.
In a joint statement AIADMK’s Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and Chief Minister Palaniswami requested the party members to desist from putting up hoardings and banners.
They said party members should not indulge in any action that would impact the people.
Meanwhile, the opposition DMK has slammed AIADMK for its “carelessness, irresponsibility of the officials and the inability of the police”.
DMK President MK Stalin also warned his party members against putting up banners, flex, posters etc to advertise party-related events.