The Delhi police has said that its legal cell has issued a memo, indicating that FIRs will be registered under the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, in case of defacement of property.
The submission was made before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar, which is hearing a PIL by a retired army officer, contending that advertisements, hoardings, banners, posters and billboards are being put up on residential buildings, in violation of the policy and the law.
The Delhi police’s response came after the municipal corporations, on an earlier date of hearing had claimed that one of the major hurdles in removal of illegal hoardings in the city, was their reappearance due to inaction by police. The corporations had contended before the High Court that wherever immediate action was required, complaints were forwarded to the Delhi police, but “no action was forthcoming” from it.
Last year, the court had ordered the municipal corporations to remove all hoardings, billboards, unipoles and other forms of outdoor advertising in the national capital, which were in violation of the 2007 Outdoor Advertising Policy (OAP). It also directed removal of the superstructures which are left behind after the hoardings are taken off, saying that they either be removed by the corporations or the occupant of the premises where they have been put up. The court will hear the matter again on November 16, 2016.