The Supreme Court of India on 10 December 2013 ordered red beacons are allowed to be used by persons holding Constitutional posts and high dignitaries. The decision came to prevent the misuse of red beacons by local politicians as a symbol of status.
The Supreme Court bench was headed by Justice G S Singhvi has asked the centre to issue a fresh list of people eligible to use red beacons on their vehicles. The apex court has also asked the Government to amend the rule within three months. It has also said that the State Governments cannot enlarge the list of VIPs eligible for the red beacons.
The Courts order came on a PIL filled by a resident of Uttar Pradesh, Abhay Singh on misuse of the beacons. Earlier, the bench had said that misuse of red beacon and siren, granted by government to VIPs, was a menace to society and it must be stopped.
The Supreme Court also said that the red light has become a status symbol and police personnel, who are put on duty for giving security cover to VIPs, should be deployed for better purposes like making the roads safe for women.
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Who: The Supreme Court
When: 10 December 2013