Advocate Prashant Manchanda filed a PIL in Delhi HC bringing court’s attention to the damage caused to the public property while campaigning for DUSU elections. DUSU president Rocky Tuseed, other office bearers and the candidates who lost the polls appeared before Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court apologizing for defacing the public properties and also sought time from the court to launch a cleanliness campaign involving the students and NGOs.
The court had called upon the DUSU president Rocky Tuseed questioning his leadership qualities and seeking the explanation for the damage caused as his name was present all over the defaced public properties.
The petitioner contended that the spray paints on the metro stations has caused permanent damage to it and it would involve a huge financial loss to the corporation to remove the ample amount of posters interwoven on the newly built bridges. In addition, the hygiene facilities and steps to control the communicable diseases have also been compromised in the name of labor involved in recompensing the damage caused by the respondent.
The court also warned the candidates about the magnitude of offence which can entail the criminal culpability involving 10 year imprisonment, jeopardizing their career. Further, Justice Mittal called upon a meeting on October 27 directing the Delhi University and other civic agencies concerned to come out with an action plan to curb the menace. The petitioner has also been asked to be present in the meeting.
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