Mumbai Traffic Police dismisses e-challans on Devendra Fadnavis’ vehicles

Mumbai: While addressing BJP workers in Kerala earlier this year PM Modi had said, “the buzzword was ‘VIP’, now, it is ‘EPI’- Every Person is Important”, but Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is still enjoying the VIP culture.

Two vehicles present in the convoy of the Maharashtra CM were found violating traffic rules. The cars with registration numbers MH01 CP 0037 and MH01 CP 0038 were caught over-speeding by traffic cameras installed on the Bandra Worli Sea Link around 13 times between January 12, 2018 and August 12, 2018.

A total penalty of Rs 13,000 was levied on the CM’s cars which were later wiped off as the e-challans were cancelled by the Mumbai Traffic Police, revealed an RTI filed by a Mumbai based social activist.

“I had sought an information from the traffic department as to what happened to the e-challans that were issued to chief minister’s vehicles or if there is any GR [government rule] which exempts CM and ministers’ convoys as far the traffic rules are concerned. The traffic department said that all the 13 e-challans have been cancelled,” Shakeel Ahmed told India Today.

Following the issue, Mumbai Traffic Police had justified the reasons behind the cancellation of e-challans in a statement saying that vehicles in the CM’s convoy are exempted from speed limits due to security threat perception.

Opposition parties left no chance to question the issue, and Nawab Malik, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson said, “If there is a law it has to be equal. The CM cannot be treated separately for over speeding. On the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that he wants to end VVIP culture, but his own party leaders do not seem to be following what the PM preaches.”