Facing the ire of local lawyers over the issue of wrong parking, additional SHO of Sector 5 police station in Panchkula was forced to issue challan to his own driver at the district courts complex on Friday.
The incident took place around 11.30am when additional SHO Ajay Rana arrived at the district courts. His driver Baldev Singh parked the official Maruti Gypsy in the middle of the approach road to parking lot meant for lawyers' vehicles outside the court complex.
One of the lawyers called up district bar president Satish Kadian about the traffic logjam. As lawyers gathered and pressed for moving the vehicle out of the way, Kadian said, "The driver arrived at the spot but refused to move the vehicle. We then complained to district and sessions judge Anita Chaudhary."
All this while, the road stretch remained jammed since there was no way for any car to enter or exit. DSP (under training) Noopur Bishnoi, SHO of Sector 5 police station, reached the spot after which angry arguments ensued between the lawyers and police. Finally, ACP (Headquarters) Virender Sangwan reached the spot and pacified the lawyers.
Finally, Rana had to issue challan to his own driver. "When they were in the process of issuing challan to the erring driver, he did not even possess the driving licence," Kadian said, adding that the driver was issued challan for wrong parking only.
The district bar association president said that the driver should have been booked under Section 283 (obstruction in public way or line of navigation) of IPC. On the other hand, Bishnoi maintained that since the complaint was only regarding wrong parking, the challan too was issued for the same traffic rule violation.