SC ban on usage of red beacon, Civil administration implements orders

KL Report


The Chief Secretary and other senior officers in the civil administration on Thursday removed red lights from their official vehicles following the Supreme Court ban on the same.

Sourabh Baghat, the transport commissioner  told KNS: “We have already issued the orders and let me tell the Supreme Court orders have been implemented on the ground. The red light atop official vehicle the chief secretary has also been removed. Similarly, almost all the senior officers have followed the suit. You will not find a red light atop any official vehicle inside the civil secretariat tomorrow.”

He however, added that the flag attached to official vehicles of the officers will continue to be there.  “Besides that the motor vehicles department, police department, health services have been exempted from these orders. But they too can use the red lights while on duty and no red light will be used off duty,” Mr Baghat told KNS.

Meanwhile, the divisional commissioner Kashmir Shalinder Kumar on Thursday said that he has written to the transport department to issue an order in this regard. “I have written to the transport department and hope that the Supreme Court orders will be implemented in day or two,” the divisional commissioner told KNS.

Meanwhile a day after DGP Ashok Prasad removed the red light from his official vehicle in compliance to the Supreme Court ruling; almost all the senior police officers have removed the red lights from their official vehicles.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday said red beacons could be used only on vehicles of high constitutional dignitaries and blue or multicoloured lights should be used only on emergency services and police vehicles.

Apex Court’s directive on the use of red beacons would be implemented in letter and spirit by Jammu & Kashmir Police, Mr Prasad had told reporters in Jammu on Wednesday.

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