The Madras high court on Thursday ordered the removal of all hoardings and cut-outs kept by the ruling AIADMK for the December 3 MGR centenary celebration in Coimbatore, days after a techie died after hitting a roadside hoarding.Hearing a public interest litigation filed by DMK’s Singanallur MLA N Karthik alleging that techie K Raghunath’s death was a result of his crashing into the illegal hoarding, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, said that even though they don’t want to go into the factual aspects of the accident, the death could have indeed been caused as a result of the hoarding. The court wondered why the cost of damage caused to the roads be recovered from those who erected the cut-outs, hoardings and banners and asked the officials how they had permitted erection of such hoardings on roads.Raghunath, a techie, was back home in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore from the US to meet his prospective bride. He died on Saturday morning after he reportedly crashed his bike into the illegal wooden hoarding. As Ragupathy’s bike hit the structure and he fell from his bike, a truck ran him over. He was supposed to return to the US over the weekend and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The tragic accident hit headlines after some painted a graffiti “Who killed Ragu?” at the spot.However, the Coimbatore police said that Raghunath died because a truck ran over him and claimed to be in possession of a CCTV footage to prove the same. The police have arrested truck driver Mohan in connection with the accident.
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Techie death: Madras HC orders removal of hoardings