In an incident of high drama on Thursday at a naka opposite the Phase 5 market in SAS Nagar, the son of a chief judicial magistrate was found driving the official car of his father with the blue beacon not covered. Rule mandate that when the official or the judge is not in the vehicle, the beacon needs to be covered.
A traffic cop stopped the magistrate’s enamel Scorpio SUV (bearing registration number PB-65-X-1968 with a blue beacon on top and an official sticker of the national emblem on the car’s windscreen), being driven by the magistrate’s son Manmeet Singh at the naka. HT has learnt that Manmeet passed out from a city school only recently.
When a traffic cop asked him to produce the documents, he said his father was a chief judicial magistrate and the car was an official vehicle.
In the meantime, Manmeet also called up his father over the phone and asked the police official questioning him to talk to his father. Within a few minutes, the magistrate reached the spot on a bicycle.
After the magistrate intervened, the police let Manmeet go scot-free.
Though the police did not check the registration certificate of the vehicle, they inspected the car before leaving the spot.
While speaking to Manmeet Singh on the spot, he said the official driver of the SUV was ill and was admitted to Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana. He claimed that he had visited the market to buy household items.
When contacted, SP Ashish Kapoor said the matter will be looked into and a challan would be issued if any traffic violation was found.
SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “If a judge is not inside his official car, the beacon should always be covered.” On why was the driver let-off, he claimed that he was not aware of this specific case and assured that appropriate action would be taken against anyone found guilty of violating the law.