Days after a 23-year-old Subashree lost her life after a banner illegally erected by an AIADMK leader fell on her, Chennai Police has named councillor Jayagopal in an FIR
Chennai: In connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman, who died after a banner fell on her on September 12, the Chennai Police has named the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) councillor, Jayagopal, in an FIR.
On Friday (September 13), the Madras high court directed Tamil Nadu government and Chennai Corporation to take disciplinary action against officials who failed to take cognisance of the illegally put up flex board that fell and led to her death.
Earlier, AIADMK leader KT Rajendra Balaji, addressed the media and said that Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami warned his party leaders not to erect any hoardings in the state without permission. He further went on to say that Palaniswami told his party leaders to never erect any cutouts near schools and colleges.
Palaniswami had earlier promised that justice would be served following the death of Subashree and also said that he would come in support of the victim.
The court also asked the state government to submit a report mentioning steps to eradicate banner culture and actions taken in the particular incident.
23-year-old Subashree was crushed to death in Chennai by a water tanker after an illegal flex banner erected in Pallikaranai for a family function of an AIADMK functionary allegedly fell on the two-wheeler she was riding.
The court also said that it is tired of passing multiple orders against putting up illegal flex boards.
Justice Seshasayee said, "There is zero respect for lives in this country. It's bureaucratic apathy. Sorry, we have lost faith in the government."
The high court further said, "The only thing the court has not done yet in this issue is to shift the state secretariat to the high court. We have done everything else."
The Madras high court bench said it would soon take up a contempt petition filed by activist "Traffic" Ramaswamy in connection with illegal hoardings.
The accident had sparked a controversy, following which AIADMK and DMK have issued statements urging their cadre not to erect flex boards.
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Last Updated 15, Sep 2019, 4:44 PM