Sign Boards In Kannada: Twitterati Asks Retail Shops To Move Out Of Karnataka If They Can’t Respect The Local Language

Previously the Karnataka High Court had directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to discontinue the licenses of commercial establishments that failed to display their name boards in Kannada despite being hit with notices. However, before the given deadline the high court has shown its soft side by directing BBMP not to take any harsh action against them after some private companies filed a petition against the announcements/notices.

The signage policy 

According to the new rule, all commercial establishments in Bengaluru should show at least 60 percent of their signboards in Kannada by December 30, abandoning it would invite penalties.


The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in a recent raid was catching down signage/boards that did not display the Kannada language. Establishments were also warned that their trade licenses will be canceled if they failed to adhere to the policy. This signage policy was being enforced by the BBMP for pubs, malls and restaurants, and small, medium and big retail shops alike.

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HC calls for a halt in the actions 

Days after the BBMP went all out on such establishments, the HC made a hearing on a plea filed by members of the Retailer Association of India and many other private companies against the notices regarding the signage. Court gave an order directing the BBMP not to take any coercive action regarding violation of its signage policy.

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The private companies include Aditya Birla, Titan, Nature Basket, Adidas, Levis among others. The circumstance will be heard again by the HC bench led by Justice Sunil Dutt Yadav after the winter vacation.


“It is contended that on an earlier occasion, the petitioners had challenged the circulars issued by the respondent – BBMP stipulating the dimension of Kannada lettering and English lettering in the name boards. Which were the subject matter of earlier writ petitions in which BBMP had undertaken not to take any precipitative action under the questioned circular,” the HC said in its order.

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It further said, “Respondent-BBMP is restrained from taking action under the circulars….However, it is made clear that this interim order enures to the benefit of the petitioners in this writ petition.”

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