Chaini Parwani –
Published On: November 25, 2021 at 18:20 IST
The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the Government to solicit provisions of Land Conservancy Act against all flag poles in Kerala.
The High Court on November 15 had permitted 10 days for voluntary removal of illegal Flag Poles in the State before any action is initiated by the Government or its authorities.
Further the Court noted that if the stand of the Government represented by Senior Government Petitioner S Kannan was appropriate, then all the Flag Poles in the State will prima facie have to be made subject to the Land Conservancy Act.
Justice Ramachandran stated “It is high time we understand we are governed by the rule of Law. The Court gave everyone one opportunity to remove the flag masts on their own.”
Furthermore, Justice Ramachandran highlighted “If no one intends to remove them, they will have to be removed as per the Land Conservancy Act and penalties, as provided under it, should be imposed.”
A staggering figure of 42,337 flag poles was calculated by the Court On November 15,
The High Court while passing an Interim Order directing that no illegal flag poles or masts be put up in the State had observed “No more illegal Flag Poles.”
The High Court had termed the installation of illegal Flag Poles across the State by Political Parties, their Affiliates and Trade Unions as “Lawlessness”
The Court was hearing a Petition by a cooperative society claiming that a certain political party was illegally installing flags on its land.