In a classic example of how some politicians consider themselves to be above the law,Pune district president of youth wing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Rajendra Korekar on Monday was seen roaming all over the city in his four-wheeler that carried no number plate neither in the front nor at the back.
As per rules,no rider can ply or ride any vehicle without proper registration number plates. A violation of this rule is a punishable offence under Section 39 (1) of Motor Vehicle Act that can draw a fine up to Rs 5,000.
Korekar,who hails from Shirur taluka of Pune district,was in the city to attend different public functions organised by his party to mark the 54th birthday of Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
When Newsline spotted Korekars vehicle at one of these events held at Balgandharva and accosted him,he said the four-wheeler was newly purchased and so he did not get time to arrange for the number plate. It was just yesterday (Sunday)that the RTO authorities allotted me the desired registration number through auction. Ill display it on the number plate at the earliest, he said,admitting his mistake.
It may be noted,however,that the RTO always remains closed on Sunday,making it impossible for the office to issue the registration number.
The vehicle was even displayed with a large radium banner,highlighting on the front side the post Korekar holds and on the backside the NCPs symbol.
Interestingly,police personnel on bandobast,including traffic cops around the Balgandharva Square,also chose to ignore this violation. Korekar was not even stopped by police at any of the traffic signals across the city.
Reacting to this,social activist Vijay Kumbhar said that the defiance displayed by Korekar could not have taken place if not for the political patronage he believed he enjoyed. It is an irony that the law enforcement authorities exercise double standards when it comes to implementing the laws, he said.
When apprised about his misdemeanor of his party member,who enjoys district level post,Pune district NCP president Suresh Ghule,who was present at Balgandharva event,called up Korekar and reprimanded him. Ajit Pawar has strong dislike for the attitude Korekar has shown, he said.