Traffic and other fines
Subhash Chandra Agrawal | 23 Mar 2011
IT IS observed that usually judicial officers use their discretionary powers to reduce (or increase) fines for various offences especially relating to traffic-violations. Such discretionary power is often misused by their sub-ordinate staff when at times even challan-slips are destroyed without imposing fines on violators. It is done with unholy liaison through touts and brokers.
System should be to impose all fines mandatorily by snatching all discretionary powers to reduce or increase the fine-amount. However a detailed and reasoned court-order must be there in case of reducing/increasing/abolishing altogether the fine-amount. Rather system should be that fine-amounts may be deposited at counters rather than wasting valuable court-time on such petty matters.