CHANDIGARH: Hours after social media went agog about reports of Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh arriving at Punjab Civil Secretariat in his official car fitted with a red beacon light, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh refuted such claims and said he was not the kind of officer who would violate a government order.
"I do not think Karan Avtar Singh is an officer who would do such a thing. He is a very upright officer. It (removal of red beacon) is a government law now and it will be fully implemented," Amarinder Singh said in a television interview where he was asked about such reports in the media.
A section of the media had reported that the Chief Secretary's car was seen in the parking lot with a red beacon and that the officer had arrived in that car, but the red light was removed by the driver when television cameras started recording the alleged violation. Moreover, Punjab's power minister Rana Gurjit Singh has already made it clear that he will continue to use the red light atop his vehicle.
Further underlining the government's resolve about red beacon order, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said any unauthorised usage will be seen as a crime. Even dignitaries from other states will have to remove the red lights on their vehicles when entering Punjab.
Sources said the government's position on whether district and high court judges can continue to use red beacons remains somewhat ambiguous.