The Bombay High Court on Tuesday questioned the central government on action taken to amend two sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as part of its measures to curb drink and rash driving.
The Centre’s advocate, Prayag Vyas, informed the court that Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014, would replace the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The draft bill provides for exhaustive provision for payment of compensation.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A K Menon was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed against actor Salman Khan, who has been accused of ramming his car into a laundry in Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.
The PIL urged amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, to enhance payout to victims. Earlier, the Centre had informed the court that it was overhauling the Act to bring in a new version.
“The earlier order records proposal to insert Section 279A (driving unsafe or overloaded vehicle in a public way) and sub-section-2 in 304 A (death due to negligence) in the draft Cabinet note, which was prepared. The statement recorded stated that the Union of India was to bring the Cabinet note in the Winter Session of the Parliament,” the HC said. Vyas said he had not taken any instructions in this regard. The HC has now asked him to do so and the matter has been kept for hearing on March 10.