Delhi Traffic Police recently went high-tech and installed speed cameras all over the city to catch the speeding cars. Currently, there are around 25 cameras and the department is currently working to install 100 more cameras to capture all the possible speeding vehicles in the city. Delhi Traffic Police have nowadays started sending the challans online to the violators. Well, the cops are not only keeping an eye over the regular citizens but also on the politicians. In recent times, Delhi Police have issued fines to prominent politicians for various rule violations.
A data compiled by Outlook India shows that as many as 18 prominent politicians or their spouse have received the fines. The data is from the Delhi Police official website. Salman Khurshid, a prominent Congress leader has done most numbers of fines and has violated the rules sixteen times. The violations include things including jumping red light, driving above the speed limit and more.
Even leaders like Shashi Tharoor were caught violating the rule. Mr Tharoor has two offences against his name for driving above the speed limit and jumping a red light. The car of Ajay Makan, another Congress leader has violated the rules twice for driving above the speed limit and violating stop line. His wife flouted the rule once by driving above the speed limit.
Nitin Gadkari’s wife was caught jumping a red light and the same rule was flouted by Harsh Vardhan’s vehicle. Meenakshi Lekhi, a BJP politician has seven illegal acts against her name including driving above speed limit, improper parking and jumping red light. Gautam Gambhir, the newly elected BJP leader has three violations including improper parking and driving above the speed limit.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, another BJP leader was caught twice for improper parking in the city. Spouse of Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha speaker, has flouted the rules six times by jumping the red light and driving above the speed limit. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a BJP leader has flouted the rule once by driving above the speed limit. Hans Raj Hans also has two fines against his name for driving above speed limit and jumping red light. Harish Rawat’s wife did driving above the speed limit and jumped red light to flout the rules seven times.
Parvesh Verma, a BJP politician has flouted the rules eight times for driving above speed limit, jumping red light and using a mobile phone while driving. Shatrughan Sinha, a notable politician has flouted the norms six times by driving above speed limit. Hardeep Singh Puri did it four times while Nityanand Rai violated a stop line.
The challans have piled up over the years. Outlook pulled out the affidavits that politicians filed to the Election Commission and used the ca numbers to check the number of fines. Most of these fines have been done by the drivers of the politicians and not by the politicians themselves.