CHENNAI: The First Bench of Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to file a detailed report with regard to banners and posters denigrating the juidicary on display throughout the State.
The direction was issued on the petitions filed by advocates K Balu of PMK, RS Bharathi of DMK and Jimraj Milton of a Human Rights fora stating that a campaign was carried out through out the state through various banners and posters, undermining the dignity and authority of the judiciary after the conviction of ex-chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Meanwhile, Advocate General A L Somayaji filed a status report prepared by the Principal Secretary of Home Department on the steps taken to maintain law and order in the State.
The report listed the various measures taken by the government to maintain law and order a day ahead of the Bangalore Special Court gave its verdict.
He submitted that the joint secretary of School Education Department has stated through an affidavit that all the government, government-aided and private educational institutions were opened on October 7 as directed by the HC.
After considering the averments of both sides, the Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan said the petition regarding the closure of schools and colleges stands closed as the report filed by the government was satisfactory.
Directing the government to file a report regarding the banners and posters, the Bench ordered Vellore Municipal Corporation Commissioner to implead in the petition and file an explanation regarding the allegation that the civic body had passed a resolution criticising the Bangalore Court’s order in its council meeting.