Constituent Assembly member Kanchan Chandra Bade Shrestha today left behind the car he was driving and took another vehicle instead to travel to Kathmandu after he landed in trouble for violating traffic rules at Jagati, Bhaktapur.
On-duty traffic cops caught Shrestha, who was elected to CA on Nepali Congress ticket from Kavre Constituency No 3, for talking on mobile phone while driving and seat belt infraction. DIG Keshav Adhikari, in-charge at the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, said Shrestha engaged in a brief verbal sparring with on-duty cops, as the law enforcement officials asked him to produce driving licence. He later left his vehicle behind and rode to Kathmandu on another vehicle.
Shrestha was not in possession of driving licence at the moment, as it was held by the MTPD for not wearing seat belt while driving a few months ago. “I showed the slip given to me by traffic police instead of my driving licence, but in vain. The on-duty cops were not convinced and misbehaved with me and snatched the car keys though I told them that I am a CA member. I was forced to leave the car behind and take lift on my friend’s vehicle,” Shrestha said. “We do not expect such conduct from a lawmaker. He had to cooperate with on-duty cops instead of being arrogant for being a CA member. Traffic police personnel are not deployed to remain silent spectators to violation of rules,” a source at the MTPD said.
Shrestha’s private car has been kept in the Metropolitan Police Circle, Jagati. DIG Adhikari said a three-member panel led by DSP Suman Kumar Timilsina was formed to investigate into the incident. “We will take action against any person who is found guilty upon investigation,” he said. Shrestha was not able to collect his driving licence due to some technical problem with computer system in the MTPD last week. The problem was sorted out later.