In yet another testament to ‘law applying equally to everyone’, including those with political affiliations, Mumbai Traffic Police issued an e-challan to an SUV registered to a BJP leader.
On Wednesday, an alert citizen took to Twitter to share a picture of a black Toyota Fortuner SUV that was purportedly violating several traffic rules. The picture was taken at Tulsiwadi signal in Tardeo.
The user tagged Mumbai Police and urged authorities to take action against the gross violations.
“This car at Tardeo Tulsiwadi signal, flouting various traffic rules, parked on zebra line, incorrect number plate format, dark tinted glasses and surprisingly a hawaldar standing there, car MH04JG0003,” the user tweeted.
Given that the car belonged to someone from the BJP, or related to someone from the party, netizens were skeptical about whether any action would be taken.
However, around two hours after the initial complaint, Mumbai Police responded to the user from their official Twitter handle and shared details of the e-challan.
“Traffic division has taken action against the vehicle. (Echallan No: MUMCC19001109908),” it said.
According to the challan, cops had fined the owner for three traffic violations, totaling Rs 600.
Traffic division has taken action against the vehicle. (Echallan No: MUMCC19001109908).
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 26, 2019
The penalties of Rs 200 each were for registration number or letter not as per measurement (CMVR 51/SEC 177 MVA), registration number not in four digits (CMVR 50/SEC 177 MVA) and displaying word or picture on private vehicle (134(6)MMVRr/w 177 MVA 200).
The BJP-sticker bearing SUV, incidentally, is registered to Kishor V Saini, who is the Vice President of Maharashtra for the party’s Transport wing ‘Nav Bharatiya Shivvahtuk Sanghtana’.
As of publishing this report, the vehicle has nine unpaid challans, including the one issued today. The total unpaid amount of the challans, most of which have been issued for the fancy number plate or displaying the party sticker, stands at Rs 4,400.
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