MCD to take steps to curb defacement of walls in capital: HC

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New Delhi, Jan 18 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the MCD to curb defacement of walls in the capital jby implement the new law.

The Delhi Police today told the bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and Aruna Suresh that they have filed 1394 FIRs (First Information Reports) under three different acts of the Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act.

The petitioner Monica Arora told the Court that the report filed by Delhi Police was vague and general in nature. It does not mention the names against whom the petition has been filed.

Though the Police claims to have filed 1258 FIRs under the West Bengal Act, 22 FIRs in the Prevention of Damages to Public Property Act and 114 FIRs under Section 425 (mischief) and Section 434 (defacing the public property) of IPC but these were not enough, she added.

Ms Monica who was a lecturer in the Delhi University had filed a contempt petition against the Delhi Police and the MCD which had not implemented court orders. She had filed a petition in the Court seeking to punish all those who put up posters during the university elections and deface public property so much so that all the sign boards showing directions have been covered by the posters.

The Court had earlier on March 29, 2006 directed the Commissioner of Police to undertake a drive that any person who defaces the wall should not go unpunished.

The bench suggested to the MCD to devise some method like putting up of electronic bill boards where people can put posters and in return MCD can generate revenue for themselves, the bench said.

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