CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday allowed the Tamil Nadu and Central governments to erect banners to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping for their informal meeting here this month.
The order came on a plea from the state government which sought the court's permission in this regard.
A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee made it clear that the state has to follow all existing rules in connection with the installation of such banners.
The bench added that no political parties will be allowed to install such banners.
On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu government had sought the Madras High Court's permission to erect banners welcoming Modi and Xi Jinping, who are slated to meet at Mamallapuram, about 50 km from Chennai, for their second informal meet from October 11-13.
The petition filed by the commissioner of municipal administration on behalf of the government.
Referring to authorities not giving permission for putting up banners throughout the state, the petitioner had said Modi and Jinping would be holding bilateral talks in the tourist town.
Stating that the state and the central governments proposed to put up the banners at designated places to welcome the top dignitaries, the petitioner asked the court to pass suitable orders on the proposal.