Ex-Mumbai top cop Satyapal Singh leads pack of those who defied Delhi's odd-even rule

New Delhi: BJP MP and Mumbai former Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh was yesterday stopped while he was travelling in his car in Delhi, bearing an even registration number.

Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh
Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh

Singh claimed that he is exempt from the rule, since he and his wife come under the ‘protection of the government of India.’

The Baghpat MP’s white SUV, with six (even number) as the last digit of its registration number, was stopped by police officials near India Gate and he was sitting on the back seat, said a police official.

When mid-day contacted Singh, he said, “Someone is making it a big issue. The news is false. My car was parked. I was not given any challan or anything. I am also exempted from the rule. (But) I follow (the) rule.”

He claimed, “Me and my wife come under protection in government of India. We both are under security cover and therefore, we are exempted from the rule.”

However, the list of people exempt from the rule makes no mention of any exemption for people under security cover.

The number of motorists fined for violating the odd-even rule on the first day in New Delhi

4 million
The estimated number of commuters that availed the Delhi Transport Corporation buses yesterday

Jan 15
The day the odd-even scheme will be stopped and reassessed

8.33 am
The time the first motorist was fined Rs 2,000 at the ITO junction

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