28 September, 2020

Lights, Camera, Challan. VIPs Like Nitin Gadkari's Wife, Gautam Gambhir, Salman Khurshid Are Fined For Traffic Rule Violation

Cameras across Delhi are catching traffic rule violators unawares. VIPs and other important people are no longer able to bully past helpless police personnel.

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Lights, Camera, Challan. VIPs Like Nitin Gadkari's Wife, Gautam Gambhir, Salman Khurshid Are Fined For Traffic Rule Violation
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2019-10-25T14:24:35+05:30

So you are despairing over the notices sent by the Delhi traffic police: red light jumping, improper parking, driving above the speed limit…And wondering where did you commit these offences? But worry not, you are in august company.  Among the thousands of people slapped traffic violation notices—‘challaned’ as you like to say in typically desi terminology—in Delhi in recent months are Union ministers and leaders from across the political spectrum. And one of the names is…yes, you read it right, Kanchan Gadkari, wife of Union transport minister Nit­i­n Gadkari, who was pivotal in amending traffic laws to make violations a costly affair. Congress leader Salman Khurshid has as many as 15 pending notices against one of the several vehicles registered in his name.

But a notice simply doesn’t imply that the vehicle was driven by the person in whose name it is registered—it could have been a driver or a family member. The moot point is about technology which has helped bridge the gap between commoners and VIPs. What...

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