Patna HC allows political parties to erect hoardings on private property with consent of owner.

The Patna High Court allows political parties to erect hoardings and banners on private property with the written consent of the owner/occupier of the property, during an election campaign. The order was passed by the Single Bench of Justice Ashutosh Kumar in the case of Century Business Pvt Ltd v. Chief Electoral Officer & Ors. The case involved the interpretation of section 3 of the Bihar Prevention of Defacement Act, 1987, which allows private property owners to consent in writing to use their property by a person or persons contesting an election. The court stated that “a political party does not exist in vacuum and is not an abstract entity. It consists of persons”.

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