Kerala CPI(M) wants Rahul booked under Motor Vehicle Act
CPI(M) state secretary Pinarai Vijayan has asked the state police department to take action against Rahul.
"Rahul Gandhi violated motor vehicles act by travelling atop of a police vehicle at rally organised by Youth Congress. Everyone saw Congress prime ministerial candidate's buffoonary through television channels. Instead of appreciating his pathetic gesture, strict action should be taken against him for violating the motor vehicle rules of the state," said Pinarai Vijayan. "Interestingly he did it at function attended by home minister Ramesh Chennithala," he added.
Nationalist Youth Congress leader Advocate K Mujeeb Rahman has also, reportedly, filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi and Youth Congress president Dean Kuriakose for violating the motor vehicles act.
It is reported that Mujeeb Rahman is now planning file a public interest litigation against Rahul Gandhi.
The rule 123 of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 barrs a person from riding on running board of vehicle. The act says that "No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall carry any person or permit any person to be carried on the running board or otherwise than within the body of the motor vehicle. No person shall travel on the running board or on the top or on the bonnet of a motor vehicle."
0eanwhile, the state Congress wing defended Rahul Gandhi. Home minister Ramesh Chennithala said that Rahul was asked to sit atop the vehicle by his security guards and it was not his choice.
"Rahul travelled on top of the vehicle because of the security compulsions. It was not his decision to travel atop the police vehicle. He was asked to do so by security guards to avoid a stampede. There is no need of registering a complaint against him," said Ramesh Chennithala.
Rahul's rally had got into controversy after his vehicle was stopped at a petrol pump. Though Chennithala maintained that there was no security lapse during refuelling the car, it is learnt that Special Branch had already started investigation into the incident.