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CM to stop using red beacon

Chief minister Omar Abdullah will not use vehicles with red beacons. He made this decision after the Supreme Court, in a judgment on Tuesday limiting its use, said it should be used only by dignitaries holding a Constitutional post.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2013 18:10 IST
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Chief minister Omar Abdullah will not use vehicles with red beacons. He made this decision after the Supreme Court, in a judgment on Tuesday limiting its use, said it should be used only by dignitaries holding a Constitutional post.


Omar, writing on micro-blogging website Twitter, tweeted, "I look forward to instructing my people to remove the red beacons from my official vehicles also now."

"I must admit I'll be happy to see this red beacon culture go. I never use one on my private vehicles and don't see the need for one anyway. It's amazing how some people are married to this symbol of power. If the PM doesn't need a red beacon why should anyone else," said Omar in his tweet.

The Supreme Court has banned the use of red beacon lights with flashers on all vehicles, except those used by high dignitaries holding Constitutional posts.

The apex court has also asked the government to make amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act to make the fine amounts a deterrent.

Omar has been provided Z-plus security, which has 36 security personnel. His personal vehicle moves with the cavalcade of security personnel.