A 58-year-old Delhi Police Head Constable picked the wrong day to take his son's heavily tinted Swift car - parallel strips of red and blue adorning both its number plates - out for a spin around south Delhi on Wednesday afternoon.
As the junior officer cruised along from the INA market to the Aurobindo Marg at 2 pm, a white ambassador with blue beacon pulled him over at a little distance beyond the traffic intersection at AIIMS.
The anxious head constable's worst fear was confirmed a moment later. He was being challaned for the illegal tint on the vehicle's windshields by a Joint Commissioner of the Delhi Police.
"When I asked him why he'd put those red-blue strips on his number plates, he said it was because he was posted at a police station in the southwest district. The car belonged to his son who has nothing to do with the force," said the senior Delhi Police officer who wished to remain anonymous.
As per the records, 2,396 Delhi Police officers have been challaned for committing traffic violations till August 31.
The Delhi Traffic Police's recent foray onto social networking site Facebook has intensified the challaning capabilities of its own officers. "We have prosecuted over 79 officers for traffic violations based on pictures and videos uploaded by citizens since then," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg.