IL­LE­GAL POSTERS: SET YOUR OWN FINES, HC TELLS BJP LEAD­ERS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day fined Ashish She­lar, the BJP’s Mum­bai chief, and its MLA Parag Ala­vani af­ter find­ing that il­le­gal ban­ners and posters bear­ing their pho­to­graphs re­main on dis­play de­spite re­strain­ing or­ders from the court.

The divi­sion bench of Jus­tice Ab­hay Oka and Jus­tice CV Bhadang, how­ever, did not spec­ify the quan­tum of the fine and in­stead asked the two to name a sum “com­men­su­rate with their sta­tus”. They or­dered them to pay the fines by de­mand draft next Fri­day. The court also fined 12 BJP work­ers and an ac­tivist of the Maharashtra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) Rs20,000 each over il­le­gal ban­ners and posters bear­ing their pho­to­graphs.

The court spec­i­fied that from the fines, Rs 25,000 will be set aside for the BMC to spend on re­mov­ing the il­le­gal posters and ban­ners, while the bal­ance will go to an or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing for the wel­fare of farm­ers.

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