“Negligence of bureaucrats reason for banner mishap” – Madras High Court condemns


Subashree, a 23 -year-old software engineer was killed in Chennai on Thursday after an illegal hoarding fell on her, following which she was hit by a water tanker. Although the woman was rushed to a hospital, she was declared brought dead.

Subashree, an IT company employee, was riding her two-wheeler on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road when an unauthorised life-size hoarding knocked her down. In seconds, a tanker hit her scooter, injuring her on head.

The woman, who was her way back home from her office, was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, eyewitnesses said. The hoardings, which had pictures of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy, his deputy O Panneerselvam and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, were put on the median by a local leader of the ruling AIADMK who got the hoardings put up for a family wedding which was attended by Mr Panneerselvam or OPS.

The driver of the tanker has been arrested. Chennai’s civic body has sealed the press that allegedly printed the hoarding. In the meantime, Lakshminarayanan, a lawyer, has filed a petition in the high court urging the court to take up the case suo motu.

The high court judges who heard the petition condemned that the bureaucrats’ lethargic attitude led to such accidents. Whichever party comes to power the habit of erecting banners continues unabated, they said.

Erecting of banners without obtaining permission and giving away a solatium of Rs.two lakhs to the kin of victims are being politcised, they further said adding that politicians do not care for rules.

The judges directed the government officials concerned to appear in the court by today afternoon. The court also ordered the removal of party flags that lined the beach road and accordingly all the party flags dotting from Light House to Napier Bridge were removed.

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