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SC to hear Uttar Pradesh plea on Lucknow banners today

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

SC to hear Uttar Pradesh plea on Lucknow banners today

Context: Uttar Pradesh government has challenged in Supreme Court an Allahabad High Court order to the district and police authorities in Lucknow to “forthwith” remove roadside banners displaying the personal details of select persons accused of “vandalism” during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in December 2019.

 

  • The State has also challenged the jurisdiction of the Allahabad Bench of the High Court to suo motu take cognisance of the banners in Lucknow.

What UP state government says?

The State has argued that the HC erred in invoking public interest jurisdiction, saying it was available only to address the problems plaguing the underprivileged lot. The persons whose personal details were displayed on the banners were “capable enough to agitate their grievance, if any, at their own”.

This issue has previously been covered in detail on:https://www.insightsonindia.com/2020/03/10/allahabad-high-court-orders-removal-of-controversial-name-and-shame-hoardings/.

 

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Prelims Link:

Regular vs Constitutional bench of HighCourt vs Constitutional Court.

Jurisdictions of High Court vs Supreme Court.

Appeals against decisions of High Court.

Suo Motu interventions of Courts.

Powers under CrPC to Police and executive to display personal records of a person.

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The placement of personal data of selected persons “reflects colorable exercise of powers” by the government. Critically comment.

Sources: the Hindu.