Delhi: FIR for putting up illegal hoardings
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 19:55
  
New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has instructed its officials to lodge FIRs against those who put up hoardings and banners illegally in the city during Diwali.

The civic body instructed its Zonal Deputy Commissioners to submit an action report by October 31 on removing illegal hoardings, banners and posters and lodging FIRs against offenders, an MCD spokesperson said.

"Zonal Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to issue appropriate directions to their respective staff to ensure that no unauthorised poster or banner is allowed to be put up on the walls. Instructions have also been issued to take immediate action for removal of these illegal publicity materials and also lodge FIRs against the offenders," he said.

The civic body said it has taken serious note of illegal hoardings and banners in various parts of the city under its jurisdiction and has decided to remove them.

The instructions have also been issued for not allowing new banners and posters on walls and deface properties in public view, he said, adding action will be taken against the offenders under Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act which came into force in March 2009.

According to the Act, defacement of properties or walls is a cognisable offence and those guilty shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to Rs 50,000 or both.

Prior to this, West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1976 was applicable to such offences in which the punishment for such offences was imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or fine, which may extend to Rs 1000 or both.

"These provisions were not having deterrent effect on the persons/agencies causing defacement of properties. Thus, the government formulated its own Act with more stringent provisions to discourage defacement of properties in public view," the spokesperson said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 19:55


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