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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    From: *karmayog - tanya* ** http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/End-lal-batti-culture-top-court-tells-VVIPS/Article1-1036956.aspx End lal-batti
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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.

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