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Red beacon: SC agrees to review list of high dignitaries
The Supreme Court on Monday, 3 February 2014 has agreed to review the list of 'high dignitaries' who all can use the red beacons. Calling the term high dignitaries as contrary to democratic norms.

The apex court in its judgment said, the vehicles carrying high dignitaries are specified by the Central government and their counterparts, specified by the state. But the red beacons, with or without the flashes can only be used when the specified high dignitary is on duty.

Amicus curiae in the case Harish Salve, said that in a republic everyone is public and except for security reasons, no one should be allowed to use the beacons. He also said that the beacons indicated a sense of symbolism which is not correct in a republic. Supreme Court will here the matter after two weeks, reported nnis.

Supreme Court in December 2013, ruled that red beacon lights on vehicles can only be used by people listed as "high dignitaries", that too only when they are on duty.

Stating that the red beacons and multi-toned horns are reflective of "Raj mentality" and "an antithesis of the concept of a republic", a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and C Nagappan said their use had to be confined to constitutional authorities.

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