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Allahabad HC takes suo moto cognizance against banners displaying details of anti-CAA protest accused

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The Allahabad High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of Uttar Pradesh Police putting up banners containing photographs and details of persons accused of violence during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Lucknow on December 19.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha will hear the matter today.

The banners containing names, addresses and pictures of the accused persons were put up in several parts of Lucknow on Friday. The 29 accused are “Joint and Severally” liable to pay Rs. 64,37,637 to the Government for damages allegedly caused to public properties during the protests.

A government spokesman said the posters have been up on the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s directive at important intersections, including the main crossing in the busy Hazratganj area and in front of the Assembly building.

The hearing will take commence at 10 AM at the Allahabad High Court. A Public Interest Litigation was also filed yesterday by an Advocate Shashank Tripathi against these banners being installed, which will also be taken up today.

Noted activist Sadaf Jafar, human rights lawyer Mohammad Shoaib, activist and former IPS officer S R Darapuri and other notable activists figure in these banners.

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