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The News Minute | October 14, 2014 | 06.30 pm IST Hours after the Chennai City Traffic Police (CCTP) took to social media hitting back at the son of an Assistant Commissioner of Police accusing him of misusing his name to get out of a road offence, he, in turn, alleged that the CCTP was trying to protect its own personnel. Karthik Selvaraj, son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, had put up a FB complaint to the CCTP on 7 September accusing a Special sub-inspector of wrongly trying to fine him an amount higher than usual for driving on the wrong side of a one-way street. However the CCTP said that its personnel had only stopped him because he was driving on the wrong side of the road which warranted a fine amount. The CCTP put out a post on Facebook which read, “When they have noticed you coming on the wrong side in dangerous driving, the traffic personnel had stopped and informed you about the offence and its fine amount. But you did not accept it, and said that you were son of Assistant Commissioner of Police and took down the number and name of the wrecker driver and threatened that you will remove the uniform shirt by complaining about him to the superiors. The SSl warned you severely not to behave in such a manner.” Selvaraj who spoke to The News Minute said that the CCTP had put up the post only because he had initially put up a public complaint on FB which could have got him more supporters. “They are trying to cover their own Dept personnel...worst thing is they didn`t even tried to ask for an explanation,” he said against the CCTP. He even said that the picture of the one-way street that the CCTP had used in the FB post was not the same street he had been on when apprehended by the SSI and a head constable.  Selvaraj, however, lashed out against the Times of India for its story on Tuesday titled ‘Cop’s son ‘shamed’ on FB for threatening SI’ which subtly praised the traffic police for ‘shaming’ an offender. The post said that while most criticisms towards the government went unheeded, this was one tough stance taken up by them.  “That’s an absolutely shocking new for me…they(TOI) have published it without hearing any explanation from my end,” he said. Even though his response was posted on Monday night, a one-sided story by the publication meant that they planned to publish the story anyway, he told The News Minute. The Facebook page of the CCTP is very active with constant interaction with the public to handle their complaints. This post has increased the curiosity of many who responded on the page and Selvaraj. However, the main question asked by many was who the Assistant Commissioner of Police in this story was, a question that went unanswered. The CCTP post Post by Chennai City Traffic Police.

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