SC questions traffic disruption over VIP movements, misuse of beacon
Salve said the Delhi Police violated constitutional rights guaranteed to citizens by “indiscriminately” closing arterial roads — without notice and without putting alternative road diversions — to facilitate the movement of VIPs.
During the proceedings, the bench, sharing the concerns expressed by Salve, said that it could understand the exigency in case somebody was seriously injured and had to be rushed to a hospital.
“A traffic constable cannot let you go since he does not have an authority. A person may also die in such a situation. It is only one such illustration. There could be one lakh such examples,” the bench said.
“It is for the Union of India and state governments to take a serious view of the matter and take steps,” said the bench, at which Salve said that they would not do so.
“The only excuse they have is that public servants do important public works. I can understand if it (red beacon light) is given to police officers but to give it to public servant is violation of Constitution,” said Salve. The court was hearing a petition challenging Z-plus security of a Congress MLA from UP.
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