Senior Akali leader and SAD general secretary, Prem Singh Chandumajra, was found illegally using a red beacon atop his official car in Nawanshahr on Thursday.
This reporter clicked a picture of his car (PB65-H-0323) outside the house of senior Akali leader, Satinder Kaur Kariha in Kariha village and found that a sticker of ex-MLA was affixed on windshield of the vehicle. However, the sticker issued by IG traffic's office granting permission for a red beacon was missing.
Chandumajra accepted that he was in the wrong and had violated the law. "I am not authorised to use red beacon atop my vehicle according to the new rules. In the past, I have been meticulous in taking permission from the authorities concerned."
When contacted, DSP (city) Satish Malhotra refused to comment on police failure to impound the leader's vehicle.
What notification says
The state government issued a notification on June 6, 2012 (a copy is with HT) and listed the functionaries who had been permitted to use red beacons. The list includes state governor, chief minister, cabinet ministers, minister of state, deputy ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries, parliamentary secretaries, chief justice and judges of Punjab and Haryana high court, member parliament from Punjab (one vehicle only), Speaker, deputy speaker and MLAs (one vehicle for MLAs).
Among others who have been authorised to use red beacons include the chief secretary, financial commissioners, principal secretaries, advocate general of Punjab, director general of police, ADGPs, IGs, commissioners of police, DIGs and SSPs, Vice Chancellors of all universities in Punjab other than private universities, president SGPC, Jathedars of five holy Takhts and head granthi of Sri Harimandir Sahib.