Uttarakhand Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 2003
(Uttarakhand Act No. 30 of 2003)
Last Updated 7th March, 2020 [utr150]
(a) "District Magistrate" means District Magistrate of the respective districts of the State of Uttarakhand.
(b) "Defacement" includes impairing or interfering with the appearance or beauty, damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring in any other why whatsoever and the word " deface" shall be construed accordingly;
(c) "Public Property" includes any building, hut, structure, wall, tree, fence, post, pole or any other erection;
(d) "Writing" includes decoration, lettering, ornamentation etc.3. Penalty for defacement of public property. - (1) Whoever, defaces any property in public view by writing of marking with ink, chalk, paint or any other material including pasting of posters except for the purpose of indication the name and address of the owner or occupier of such property, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees or with both. (2) Where any offence committed under sub-section (1) is for the benefit of some other person or a company or other body corporate or an association of persons (whether incorporated or not), then such other person and every President, Chairman, Director, partner, manager, Secretary, Agent of any other office or person concerned with the management thereof, as the case may be, shall unless he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or consent, be deemed to be guilty of such offence. 4. Offence to be cognizable. - An offence punishable under this Act shall be cognizable. 5. Power of District Magistrate to erase writing, etc. - Without prejudice to the provisions of section 3, it shall be competent for the District magistrate to take such steps as may be necessary for erasing any writing, freeing any defacement or removing any mark from any public property. 6. Power to make rules. - The State Government may by notification in the Gazette make rules or carrying out the purpose of this Act, including any rules prescribing fees in respect of any proceeding under this Act. 7. Act to override other laws. - The provisions of the Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other law for the time being in force.