Puducherry Chief Minsiter V
Narayanasamy Wednesday accused Lt Governor Kiran Bedi of
issuing "arbitrary oral" instructions to traffic police on
dealing with violations of rules, saying she should send
written orders on which he would take the final decision.
After holding a meeting with the traffic police officers,
he took strong exception to the action of police in conducting
surprise checks of documents of motorists and levy of spot
fine on busy roads based on the "oral instructions" of Bedi.
The chief minister, who has been locked in a tug-of-war
with Bedi on various issues, told reporters here that he had
received a number of complaints from public that the police
action was causing difficulties to them during peak hours.
He held the meeting a day after Bedi, a former IPS
officer, pulled up police personnel after she spotted numerous
lapses in management of traffic during a drive she undertook
in a private car 'incognito' in the town.
Bedi in a communication to the media Tuesday had said
she issued a verbal warning to police officers after summoning
them for a meeting at her office.
Narayanasamy said police conducted surprise checks for
verification of documents like license and insurance based on
oral instructions of the Lt Governor.
"I have asked the police officers that they should give
reasonable time to vehicle owners to get documents in case
they were not carrying the papers.
"Any oral instruction arbitrarily issued by the Lt
Governor and implemented by the police was causing practical
difficulty to the people," he said.
The Lt Governor should issue written instructions by
adopting the required procedure. Such instructions should be
placed first before the Director General of Police and then
before the Chief Secretary.
"It is the Chief Minister who will take a decision
ultimately after receiving the file from Chief Secretary on
measures including spot fine to deal with violators of traffic
rules. No oral instructions can therefore be given arbitrarily
by the Lt Governor to the police," Narayanasamy said.
Any immediate action would only harass the people
particularly with tourists coming in large number into the
Union Territory, he contended.
Bedi and Narayanasamy have been at loggerheads over
various issues with the latter had even demanded her recall
while objecting to her style of functioning.
He and the ruling Congress have accused her of taking
decisions without consulting the elected government.
Bedi, however, has been insisting that she was only
exercising her powers as the administrator of the union
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