Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit explaining the source of power in respect of three proceedings, two press releases and a demi-official letter issued giving instructions to Collectors in the matter relating to digital banners.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices P.K. Misra and K. Chandru, passed the interim order on a public interest litigation filed by K.R. Ramaswamy alias Traffic Ramaswamy seeking a writ directing the Chennai District Collector and the Home Secretary to ban erection of digital banners on pavements and road sides or to regulate the banners by collecting revenue in Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai.

In his interim prayer, the petitioner had sought a direction to the Commissioners of Chennai Corporation and Chennai Police to remove illegal digital banners of political parties and communally-affiliated groups in the city, pending disposal of the writ petition.

Matter posted for March 17

The matter has been posted for March 17.