A DMK legislator had filed a plea alleging that the hoardings and arches posed a safety hazard and cited the death of IT professional Ragupathy Kandasamy, who came to India from the US.
The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder, made it clear that all hoardings, banners and arches lining highways, public streets and pedestrian pavements should be removed immediately.
In his plea, DMK leader N Karthick had sought that these structures be declared illegal. He made the plea while referring to the death of the engineer on November 25 after being run over by a heavy vehicle. The accident happened when he fell down from his two-wheeler after the vehicle hit a wooden structure erected for the centenary celebrations on the main road.
The DMK MLA, who represents Singanallur constituency in Coimbatore, sought a direction to the government to pay compensation to the family of 32-year-old Ragupathy. Anger spilled over on social media and hours after the accident, someone painted "Who Killed Ragu?" in large, white lettering at the spot where Mr Ragupathy was killed.
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