Udaipur : A civil court here on Friday issued notices to the SP and three other police officers seeking explanation on a contempt plea related to the Helmet drive initiated recently by the department. Seeking an explanation made returnable on January 5, the court has asked the officers why they shouldn’t be sent to civil prison and their chair and movable/immovable property confiscated for contempt of court?
The police department had embarked on a safety drive making helmet use mandatory for two wheelers on city roads and announced seizure of vehicles and impose of penalty against those who didnt wear helmet from New Year onwards. On Friday, the traffic police had seized some vehicles and charged penalties from few citizens for not adhering to the diktat. However, on Friday, a petition of contempt was filed against SP Ajaypal Lamba, Traffic Deputy Rajaram Meena, CI Jitendra Anchaliya of Ambamata police station and SHO Harendra Singh of Sukher station by activist and senior advocate Sunderlal Mandawat. In his plea Mandawat held that in a case Ratnesh Kumar and others Vs State, the court on September 21, 2007 had passed a decree instructing the Collector and SP not to seize vehicles and charge penalties from people driving two wheelers without wearing helmets.
The court then, had maintained that as per law, the police did not have a right to levy penalty and hence should only issue notices to the traffic offenders demanding explanation. As per the Motor Vehicle Act, only the transport department can penalize people for violating traffic rules. Mandawat pleaded for 6 month civil prison and attachment of chair and property of the guilty police officers upon which the court has served notices to all the four officers including the SP.