A class IX student was caught by the Northern Railways’ vigilance department for travelling in a first-class coach posing as a Member of Parliament.
Prem Prakash Bishnoi is the son of Jaswant Singh Bishnoi, a BJP MP from Jodhpur. According to railway officials, he was traveling on a free, AC first class seat reserved under his Parliamentarian father's special railway pass number.
"A special team of railway officials caught him at the Jaipur station and asked for his identification papers. That was when he disclosed that the reserved seat belonged to his father.
The law says an MP cannot avail of the facility of special free seat in absentia. So we imposed a penalty on the boy. The drive was to check the misuse of the free-ticket facility extended to Parliamentarians," said Railways vigilance inspector R.C. Kavatia. Kavatia said when the boy failed to pay the fine, his father rushed to Jaipur station and bailed him out by paying a fine of Rs 1,999.
"Out of the fine amount, Rs 932 happens to be the fare for that seat in the first class AC coach," he said.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, MP Jaswant Singh Bishnoi said there was a misunderstanding since the seat had been reserved for him to travel.
"Due to a last-minute change of plans, I could not board from Jodhpur and instead my son took the seat from there. I was, in fact, supposed to board the train from Jaipur, which I did," he said.
Bishnoi took his son and travelled on the same seat to reach Delhi from Jaipur.
The law says that an MP can take another passenger along with him on train for free.