A video, showing three Rajasthan ministers passing through a closed railway crossing and laughingly telling each other that their act would surely make the headlines as they were breaking the law, has gone viral on social media.
This happened in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district on Friday where home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, education minister Vasudev Devnani and tourism minister Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’ had gone to select a piece of land for Maharaja Surajmal Braj University.
The three were going to the land site by their official cars, accompanied by district officials and media persons.
However, the ministers’ cars suddenly pulled over near the railway crossing No 40 B in Bharatpur’s Gadhi Sanwaldan village. The trio stepped out, passed through the crossing, which was closed for the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express, in a bid to take a shortcut to the spot.
Media persons caught the ministers’ act on camera, with Kataria reminding Devanani ahead of him that they were breaking the law and it would make the headlines all over. But, they laughed it off and crossed the level one after another, closely followed by the officials, including Bharatpur additional district magistrate OP Jain, BJP MLA Vijay Bansal and BJP Bharatpur district president Bhanu Pratap and some police officers.
Later, Devnani told HT that they had passed the railway crossing when it didn’t open even after the train had passed. Probably, there was something wrong with its lever. He expressed surprise why the issue was being blown out of proportions.
Reacting to the incident, Congress MLA from Kumher-Deeg constituency Vishvendra Singh said it was sad that the ministers did something which was an offence under Section 167 of the Railways Act. “Their act is punishable with imprisonment for six months or a fine of Rs 1,000 or both,” he said.
Senior divisional commercial manager (Kota division) Yashwant Kumar said he wasn’t aware of the violation by the ministers and government officials. He, however, said, “If we receive a complaint, we will take action as per the provisions of the law.”