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Police to limit their Facebook usage

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2011 01:28 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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After gaining immense popularity through social networking site Facebook over one-and-half years, the Delhi Police may now lie low on it. Following criticism by the Delhi high court on the process of uploading photographs and comments about the offenders, the Delhi Police are now planning to limit their comments on the 'high-profile offenders' including VIPs, political leaders and senior government officials.


The decision came after a scathing remark by acting chief justice of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

"I can recall, there is this police officer who keeps posting content on a social networking website... we don't appreciate it... we don't like it... we may take cognisance of this," said Justice Sikri.

Delhi Traffic Police's Facebook account was opened in May last year in a bid to improve traffic management in Delhi through active participation of road users and their suggestions. Over the period, the Delhi Police have prosecuted over 16,000 people for violating traffic norms including red light jumping, driving two wheelers without wearing helmets, triple riding, vehicles with defective number plates, vehicles fitted with red beacons or tinted glass and registration certificate violations among others.

Several former chief ministers and ministers of different states, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, political leaders, senior bureaucrats, police officers, officers from paramilitary forces and senior functionaries from the judiciary have also been found violating the law and they were referred to on the Facebook page, albeit without mentioning their names. According to the court officials, posting information about the offenders is not legally permissible.

"We will ensure that sentiments and observations made by the High Court are implemented," said BS Bassi, special commissioner of police (traffic). However, the police would take a call on this only after they receive a formal complaint or request from the high court, said a senior police officer.

Satyendra Garg, Joint commissioner of police (traffic), who is quite active on Facebook and keeps commenting on traffic norm violations by people, however, declined to comment on the issue.