T Ranjit Singh, commissioner (Home), government of Manipur issued an order directing all the district magistrates to remove hoardings, structures, and displays put up in public places without prior permission from the authorities concerned with immediate effect as per public interest.
The order further directed all the DCs to remove banners with objectionable content from private places within 15 days.
The Home department order comes in the wake of a directive issued by the High Court of Manipur in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Khuraijam Devendro Singh against the state of Manipur, to remove the hoardings and signboards.
Devendro filed the PIL seeking a direction from the High Court that the hoardings and signboards caused lots of inconvenience and distraction of mind to the general public.
Subsequently, the Home department ordered all the District Magistrates (DC) to remove such hoardings, structures, and displays put up at public places falling under their respective jurisdiction with immediate effect as per public interest.
However, the order will not be applicable on private properties but private landowners will be held responsible for any hoardings or display put up on any private property if it goes against the law, it said.
The order mentioned that any person or group of persons or organisations found violating the above instructions will be liable for prosecution and necessary legal action will be taken up.