Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday sought information from the state government about the action taken for defacing or damaging public property and number of cases registered and process of trial.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on protection and conservation of Sonamarg tourist resort, the Division Bench (DB) of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that damage to public property deserves action and directed the state authorities through Advocate General, D C Raina to inform the Court as to what action has been and is being taken for defacement of public property under the statutory provisions of law.
“Let the State place on affidavit of the existing rules on these aspects. If there are statutory provisions, the state has to place before this court the action taken hereunder including the number of cases registered and prosecution grant,” the DB directed.
The division bench observed that defacement of public property is a serious issue and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Meanwhile court asked state government to examine the Solid Waste Management bylaws (SWM bylaws) of other states of the country and asked if the SWM bylaws require to be notified by the government in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection Act (EPA).