Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-14 21:10 Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Metropolitan Task Force has filed criminal cases against 15 companies including a Nationalised bank for putting up illegal advertisements in public places causing huge revenue loss to the BBMP.Additional Director General of Police, T Sunil Kumar said FIRs had been filed against the companies based on the complaints filed by the BBMP officials concerned under section 441, 436 of KMC Act and also under section 420 of the Indian Penal code.According to Sunil Kumar, the advertisers are supposed to advertise through companies authorised by the BBMP. However, the accused companies have put up their ads on roadside poles, footpaths and at bus shelters which not only amount to disfigurement but also huge revenue loss to the BBMP, he said. This is just a beginning with the BMTF registering 15 cases in the last five days which are reported from the east division of the city. More cases are going to be registered as the BMTF officials along with the BBMP are conducting a survey to identify the illegal hoardings, he said. Replying to a question about the large hoardings and banners wishing local MLA N A Harris on the occasion of his 48thbirthday in and around the streets of Shantinagar, Sunil Kumar said that the BMTF cannot initiate Suo motu action due to legal hassles. However, they would take up the case and investigate if the officials concerned approach them with a complaint. Representatives of the companies would be summoned for questioning to ascertain the nexus. The BBMP officials concerned would also be booked if investigations prove their role, he added. Companies in the Dock 1. Soch, Women Clothing Store 2. Favourite Shoppe3. Union Bank Pvt Limited4. OH and Ripple Ad services 5. Idee home products and Ad Company5. Wantage Advertising 6. GRB Ghee Company7. Show AP Advertising8. Malabar Gold9. Krishnaiah Chetty and Sons10. Baskin Robins Ice Cream Company 11. Burger King Advertisements12. Kalyan Jewellers 13 Parley Products Advertisements14. State Bank of Mysore Advertisements. BMTF to Seek Separate Legal Cell Inorder to take all the cases to a logical end, the BMTF would approach the state government seeking a dedicated legal cell.ADGP Sunil Kumar said that a proposal has already been made to the District In-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy and he is hopeful that it would be considered. “The BMTF is facing difficulty in following the cases and a dedicated cell would help us to deal with the cases effectively”, he disclosed. Sunil Kumar also said that a permanent solution for the BMTF’s existence has been discussed with the district In-charge minister. “We got assurance that the BMTF would get a permanent stature instead of reviving the body every time”, he said.