Court moved by a civil application filed by 76 Lawyers for stay on system of e-challans

Court moved by a civil application filed by 76 Lawyers for stay on system of e-challans

VADODARA:

A civil application has been filed by 76 lawyers in a civil court to stay all e-challans and suspension of driving license bby the RTO, while the police department has decided to go soft on e-challans.

They have named the collector, city police commissioner, concerned official of city surveillance and traffic monitoring system and superintendent of regional transport office (RTO).

The system of issuing e-challan and paying the fine amount through online website and application has been questioned through the application filed. It mentions that the entire system of collecting fine through an online platform is arbitrary and against the provisions of code of criminal procedure. The lawyers also seek for a  clarification about the law or notification of the government the police department is using in issuing these challans.

 The e-challans listed on the website don’t have a mention under which sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the commuter has violated the law. The lawyers have also stated in the application that the state government has not authorized the police department or any government or private body to issue these e-challans. Therefore, the court should cancel all the e-challans which have been issued till date, said the lawyers.

The application also questions the RTO over suspension of driving licenses of commuters. “Until the court of law decides that a citizen is guilty and deems fit in cancelling the driving license, it cannot be cancelled,” the application states.

 The lawyers therefore said that the RTO has no authority to cancel the license. The next hearing in this case is scheduled on Tuesday.
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