Illegal hoardings: HC summons TV channels' reps

The High Court has directed the representatives of three private Kannada channels and a film producer to appear in the Court on the next date of hearing in relation to a public interest litigation petition on the illegal advertising on banners, posters and “flex” signboards.

Hearing a batch of petitions filed by B S Gnanaprakash and others on Friday, a Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen directed the directors of three news channels and film producers should be impleaded as respondents in the petition.

The petitioners had stated that the private channels were advertising for their television shows at public places in the form of posters, banners, cut outs and “flex” signages without obtaining any requisite licence from the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Counsel for the petitioners P R Ramesh argued there were 20 lakh unauthorised posters and banners and this was bleeding the BBMP of Rs 50 crore annually.

“BBMP is not doing anything to remove these banners from the public place. By putting these banners they are spoiling the beauty of the city.”

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