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Updated: 19-12-2018 19:42 IST

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

territory.

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