‘Name & Shame’ Hoardings of Anti-CAA Protesters in UP Creating Atmosphere of Fear

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Political activist Sadaf Jafar along with her poster (Sadaf Jafar)

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PRAYAGRAJ – The Allahabad High Court has reserved its verdict in the case related to naming and shaming of anti-CAA protesters.

The court will now deliver the verdict on Monday afternoon.

Chief Justice Govind Mathur had suo motu taken up the case on Monday morning and then deferred the hearing to Monday afternoon.

Calling the government’s action to name and shame “highly unjust”, the Chief Justice expressed hope that corrective action would be taken before the hearing begins in the afternoon. He asked if the state government was not encroaching on personal space and liberty of citizens.

Contrary to expectations, the hoardings were not removed on Sunday.

The hoardings, carrying the addresses and photos of the accused, were put up at prominent intersections in Lucknow at the behest of Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

Those named were asked to pay for damage to public property during the protests in Lucknow, in which one person had died.

The hoardings also say if the accused fails to pay up, their properties would be attached.

On Friday, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office sent an unsigned two-page note justifying the hoardings. They said they were put up keeping larger public interest in mind and after following all rules.

On Thursday, the district administration put up hoardings with photos and addresses of 53 anti-CAA protesters at prominent crossings across the city.

The hoardings included pictures of Shia cleric Maulana Saif Abbas, former IPS officer SR Darapuri and Congress activist Sadaf Jafar, all of whom were accused in the violence that swept the state capital on December 19 last year.

Activist Deepak Kabir has said that the hoardings put up by the government bearing names of anti-CAA protesters is creating an atmosphere of fear.

He said that people whose names are mentioned in posters can be lynched anywhere.”It is shameful. There was no need for that. The government is creating an atmosphere of fear. People whose names are mentioned can be lynched anywhere. The environment after Delhi violence is not safe. Government is putting everyone at risk,” Deepak Kabir told ANI.

Former IPS officer SR Darapuri termed the administration’s action as ”unconstitutional” and said that the government is trying to defame protesters.

(With inputs IANS)

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