Fwd: End 'lal-batti' culture, Supreme Court tells VVIPS
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End 'lal-batti' culture, top court tells VVIPS
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi, April 03, 2013
First Published: 23:59 IST(3/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:01 IST(4/4/2013)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would decide whether a person other
than the constitutional heads is entitled to use beacons and sirens on their
"We think you can remove the red lights from all other vehicles straight
away. One thing is there in the mind of people that they dislike the red
light. Why not reconsider removing it? That will be a great signal for
bringing everybody at par," the bench said, adding even judges would not
mind travelling without the beacons.
The court also said beacons and sirens were being misused by people as
status symbol. It said they should be used only on ambulance, fire services
vehicle, police and army vehicle.
During the hearing senior counsel Harish Salve, assisting the court as
amicus, placed data on the security cover given by different state
governments to public functionaries and private individuals.
"Total expenditure is Rs.15.69 crore per month plus expenditure incurred on
20 sections of CRPF and 4 sections of CISF. 1294 public functionaries and
private individuals have been provided security. Twenty-five people who are
children and family members have been provided such security," he said while
referring to the Punjab government's affidavit.
He informed the bench that the list included 65 persons facing criminal
charges. In it there were 6 MLAs. Some of them were former MLAs facing
attempt to murder charges, he said.