New Delhi (ILNS): A contempt petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against Chief Justice S. A. Bobde for riding a high end motorcycle without proper protection and regulation gear. The contempt is about violation of court order on safety of motorcycles mandated in CMV Rule 123. The petitioner says the Chief Justice is in contempt of having disobeyed his own judgment.
The petition has been filed by Gyan Prakash, founder of Forum for Traffic Safety and Environment Sanitation, and he has submitted: “As on record of Supreme Court on 29th June 2020, he was riding a 50 Lakh Harley Davidson Motorcycle weighing 400 Kg with 2000 cc Registration No. CG07 BP0015 for which he is neither trained nor have a valid Driving License (sic). This motorcycle registered illegally without pollution under control certificate and Conformance of Production Certificate Under Central Motor Vehicle Rule 126-A, for conformance to CMV rule 123 in Chhattisgarh for using in Nagpur. This was subject matter of CA 5359/2010. He has committed various offences under Motor vehicles Act and inspired young to commit offences leading to their killings. His violations are endangering life of Hon’ble Chief Justice of India like 56,136 motorcyclists killed in 2019.”
The petitioner has further submitted that Riding motorcycle violating CMV Rule 123, amounted to violation of Bombay High Court order which was passed by Justice Bobde himself in 2008, Supreme Court order of 2010, MP High Court order of 2006 and Kerala High Court of 2006, which lead to killings of 56,136 motorcyclists in 2019.
The petition is based on a picture which went viral on Twitter in June 2020 where CJI Bobde can be seen riding on a Harley Davidson.
The petitioner has further alleged that the motorcycle is illegally registered with Chhattisgarh Durg RTO for keeping in Nagpur, Maharashtra in violation of section 40 of Motor Vehicle Act.
It has been submitted that CJI has not used a helmet, which is an offence under 129 of MV Act. “He is not using Helmet as a motorcycle enthusiast & doesn’t know his Helmet size for protecting his life & endangering life of CJI,” reads the petition.
The petitioner has thus prayed: “To take cognizance of the Contempt of Court and punish him as an exemplary case of highest order or may be purged by implementing the order of the court.”