"The roads and streets are meant for pedestrians and motorists. It is not meant for erection of statues. There is no dispute that the leaders and stalwarts should be respected in an appropriate manner,” a division bench of Justices Satish K Agnihotri and K K Sasidharan said.

“By erecting statues on the middle of public road, by giving difficulties to the motorists and general public, actually we are showing disrespect to such distinguishing personalities," they said.    

"The memorials should be erected only at unobjectionable places and in any case not on the middle of roads," the bench added.
     
The Madras High Court in its order said the names of celebrated artistes like Sivaji Ganesan should not be dragged into the midst of litigation by the state by erecting his statue on the middle of road to the dislike of motorists and pedestrians.

Materials on record show that the statue erected on the middle of the road at Kamarajar Salai Junction would affect the view of drivers besides hinder traffic flow, the bench said, allowing a petition filed by P N Srinivasan (since deceased) which was substituted by one P Nagarajan.

The petitioner had prayed for a direction to authorities to remove the statue.

(Agencies)

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