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‘Lal batti’ verdict good

The Supreme Court has done a commendable job in pruning the list of VIPs eligible for use of red beacons on vehicles. The red beacon is indispensable for dignitaries whose security is paramount, but not for everybody. One is pained to find many such vehicles causing inconvenience to the ordinary people. Moreover, such convoys are immune to traffic regulations and even the safety of other vehicles on road.

Dr V K Anand, Patiala

Only emergency vehicles

I agree that the Supreme Court should have allowed the use of red beacons only to those entrusted with providing emergency services to the public. The rampant use of this special privilege causes traffic snarls on the roads inconveniencing people including those requiring emergency medical treatment and going for an urgent task.

As is generally presumed, the use of the red beacon is not a colonial hangover. In the Western and European countries, the vehicles with a red beacon are a very rare sight. This symbol of authority seems to be the brainchild of the status-conscious elite in India. The use of the red beacons by political leaders, constitutional entities and public servants must be curtailed as this practice is unwarranted.


Follow motor rules

Rule 108 of the Motors Vehicle Rules issued by the Central Government in 2002 clearly defines the list of dignitaries who can use red/beacon lights on their vehicles. Even the flag code specifies the authorisation of the same. However, those having connections in politics manoeuvre the misuse of red light. Though some state HCs have taken cognisance of incidents of misuse of red light for status symbol, the role of the police has been ambiguous, may be because of fear of action against them. The SC should not have given the liberty to the state governments to use discretion for preparing such a list. Rather, it should have directed them to strictly follow the Motor Vehicle Rules of 1889.

Dr K D Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

Time will tell

Kudos to the Supreme Court for its judicial activism in restricting the red beacon with flasher to vehicles of 27 specified categories of high dignitaries holding constitutional posts while on official duty. Now, time will tell whether the state governments too amend rules to limit the list or allows politically influential persons to use red beacons on their vehicles. To ensure the implementation of the rules, the SC must suggest more ways to fine or punish the offenders and ensure that the traffic police are able to do their duty fearlessly.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Total ban needed

The Supreme Court judgment on the misuse of red beacons and sirens is historic. But, it would have been better if the court had put a complete ban on red beacons. The inclusion of former dignitaries should have been avoided as it does not go well with the court's argument that this facility is co-terminus with the tenure of their post. India, on way to becoming a super power, must emulate good examples of developed countries where beacons are used only by the police and emergency services.VIP vehicles, with flashing beacons and deafening sirens, flout traffic rules with impunity and are a major cause of accidents.

Daljit Singh, Chandigarh

SC ruling on gays right

The Supreme Court has been legally perfect in its judgment in dealing with the matter relating to the gays or de-criminalisation of gay sex. The duty of the apex court is to interpret law in a proper manner for its implementation and not to amend the Constitution or the laws. Section 377 in its present wording and shape i.e. “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” clearly defines the gay sex as criminal and, as such, it has been rightly interpreted by the apex court. Now, if the majority feels that Section 377 is infringing their right to live the way they want to, then the only solution is the amendment in law. The prerogative to amend the law, is with the legislature. There are many countries where gay marriages are allowed, and many countries where this banned.

AJAY JAGGA, Chandigarh



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