The Allahabad High Court Thursday directed Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan,Rampur Additional Regional Transport Officer Kaushalendra Pratap Yadav and the local police to respond to MP Jaya Pradas challenge to their move to remove the red beacon from her vehicle.
Yadav went to Jaya Pradas house in Rampur on April 13,removed the beacon he has alleged she misbehaved with him when he tried to remove it and challaned her.
Jaya Prada,on the other hand,has contended that as an MP she is allowed to use a red beacon without a flasher. Our argument is that the challan does not specify the section of the Motor Vehicle Act under which the MP has been booked. There is no provision in the said Act for penalty higher than Rs 5,000. We have also contended that the police acted arbitrarily and entered the MPs house unauthorisedly. Further,when the ARTO himself had not informed the police,there was no reason for them to enter her house, Jaya Pradas counsel Kunwar Siddhartha Singh said.
Soon after the incident,Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh had alleged that Khan was present when it happened. Both Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were expelled from the ruling Samajwadi Party in early 2010.
The court has scheduled the next hearing of the case on July 11.