Law takes its own course and it treats all at par. The same was proved right when the transport minister of Jharkhand, C P Singh, was fined for violating the traffic movement tracking system he had introduced once.
Singh’s car was caught violating traffic rules and the minister had to shell out Rs 100 as penalty.
Interestingly, the system introduced by him found he was at fault when his car jumped a red light.
The minister was on his way on June 23 when his car was caught jumping a signal at the Sarjana Chowk in Ranchi by the red light violation detection system (RLVD).
The automatic number plate reader (ANPR) sent a challan to the minister’s residence and the matter came to light when his driver went to settle the penalty amount.
When contacted, the minister said he has paid the fine. He accepted that he has paid a penalty a few times before as well during his tenure as an MLA. He added that if the government wants people to follow the rules, then the ministers will also have to abide by them.
The Jharkhand minister further explained that time and again he had had a bitter experience on the road at traffic junctions.
He had been witness to confrontation between public and traffic constable a few times. Traffic constables chasing the violators lead to accidents, which prompted him to opt for a transparent system to rule out any arguments or scuffle at traffic posts.
The automatic number plate reader and red light violation detection system were introduced after this. The system has ensured hassle free traffic system and those commuting are also forced to abide by the rules.
Few years ago, the Ranchi traffic police penalised cricketer and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a similar violation of traffic rules. His car was spotted with black film on its car windows at the Firayalal Chowk and once he motorbike bike was found not displaying a proper registration number.