The Allahabad High Court Thursday issued a notice to state cabinet minister Azam Khan on a petition filed by Rampur MP Jaya Prada challenging the move to remove the red beacon from her vehicle. Notices have also been issued against Additional Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) and Inspector,Civil Lines of Rampur district.
ARTO Kaushalendra Pratap Yadav had on April 13 reached the MPs house in Civil Lines area of Rampur and removed the red beacon from Jaya Pradas vehicle she says the official misbehaved with her and issued a challan against her.
Jaya Prada has contended that as an MP she is allowed to use a red beacon without a flasher. T
he district administration had on April 16 ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The bench,led by Justice Sunil Ambwani,today also stayed the proceedings for recovery of the challan amount.
Kunwar Siddhartha Singh,the counsel for the MP,said they have sought the quashing of the challan order on various grounds. The challan does not specify the section of the Motor Vehicle Act,under which the MP has been booked. Also,there is no provision in the said Act,where the penalty is higher than Rs 5,000. Besides,the police acted arbitrarily and in a high-handed manner. They entered the house of the MP unauthorisedly. Further,when the ARTO himself had not informed the police,there was no reason for him to enter the MPs house with a team, said Singh. The MPs counsel also cited a government order that allows an MP to use a red beacon without a flasher.
Soon after the incident,Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh had alleged that Azad Khan was present when it happened.
The case will now be heard on July 11.