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High court beacon rap on govt

A high court division bench on Friday criticised the government for failing to stop the misuse of beacons, days after another division bench of the court sought reports from the police and transport secretary on the matter.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice K.J. Sengupta and Justice Ashim Kumar Mondal on Friday came down on the transport department and police for not carrying out the court’s earlier orders and punishing those violating beacon norms.

The bench said: “The departments have the idea that their duty is only to issue a notification with the list of dignitaries entitled to use beacons atop their cars. They are not at all bothered about those not on the list using beacons. It is shameful that many, including senior government officials, are illegally using beacons.”

The bench directed transport secretary B.P. Gopalika to issue notices to the police commissioners and superintendents asking them to make sure that cops “up to the constable level” were aware of the beacon rules.

“The commissioners and supers will have to ask the police to find out the persons illegally using red lights on cars and take action against them,” said Justice Sengupta.

The bench asked the transport secretary to collect reports from the commissioners and superintendents and produce them on November 16.

The issue is still under the scanner of the division bench of Justice Ashim Kumar Roy and Justice Deepak Saha Roy. After receiving several complaints on illegal use of beacons, the judges had asked the police and the transport secretary to submit reports.

On Friday, the government lawyer prayed for two days’ time to submit the report. The bench granted the prayer.