Kr 08 May 2016
Sanjeev (Advocate) 14 May 2016
A JUDGMENT OF DELHI HIGH COURT ON THURSDAY BY JUSTICE J.R. MIDHA MAY BE HELPFUL FOR YOU.
Follow proper steps before suspending licence: HC
New Delhi: In their zeal to book violators, the police and the transport
department can't bypass the due process of law, the Delhi high court said on
A valid showcause notice, opportunity of fair hearing and a reasoned order
suspending the driving are norms that must be followed in every case,
Justice J R Midha directed in a judgment.
"This court hopes Delhi Police and transport department of Delhi government shall
follow the due process of law in implementing directions of the Supreme Court
committee on road safety," Justice Midha said while hearing the plea of a man
whose licence was suspended by the department without giving any particulars or
being given a chance to explain his stand.
The police and the department cited the November 17, 2015 directions passed by a
Supreme Court appointed committee on road safety to justify their drive against
those who break traffic rules. In its order, the committee had directed that in case of
traffic violations, the police should take into possession the driving licence of the
violator and forward it to the transport department who would it for a
minimum of three months.
Appearing for the petitioner Ashish Gosain, advocates Abhijat and Punit Mittal
argued that the police first took a fine to compound the offence. Later, the transport
department issued a vague showcause notice seeking an explanation why Gosain's
license shouldn't be suspended, without giving particulars of the offence, date of
challan or any other detail. When he sought details, the department promptly
suspended his licence, the lawyers pointed out.
While agreeing with the police and transport authorities that India has a dubious
distinction of having the highest number of road accidents, the court backed the call
for stringent measures by the SC panel. "This court agrees with the SC committee
that unless strong and urgent measures are taken to deal with speeding, drunk
driving, red light jumping, use of mobile phones while driving and overloading,
number of accidents and fatalities will remain high."
However, Justice Midha was quick to add that due process must be followed even in
such cases. It sent the case back to the transport department to grant Gosain a
hearing and a chance to defend suspension of his licence.