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Dubai police fines $9 mln car plate owner for parking in handicap spot

A video showed businessman Balwinder Sahni's D5-branded Rolls-Royce parked in the disabled bay outside Aspen Tower on Shaikh Zayed Road

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A car with the plate number “D5” worth $8.98 million has been fined by Dubai police because it was parked in a space reserved for persons with disabilities.

The owner of the costly “D5” plate number is Gulf-based Indian real estate businessman Raj Sahni. He bought the plate number earlier in October in the Road and Transport Authority auction.

Police reportedly fined his driver AED1,000 and issued him four black points.

Commander in chief of the Dubai police Khamis Mattar al-Muzainah said the vehicle's owner was summoned to the traffic department on Tuesday and asked about the time and place of the violation, Emirates Today newspaper reported.

He added that the incident must be viewed as a regular traffic violation regardless of its plate number, noting that measures have been taken according to the law which applies to everyone without any discrimination.

The Dubai police acted after a video posted on social media showed the Rolls-Royce car bearing the plate number D5 parked in a spot reserved for people with disabilities. The Rolls-Royce was parked there although there were empty spots a few meters away.

While the car was parked, its owner was talking on the phone on the sidewalk and then got into the backseat and left.

Sahni denies the accusations. “The car was not parked in that spot, it was parked far away. I was at a meeting and had many bags carrying heavy catalogues so the driver pulled up for about 30 seconds so we could load the car”, he said.

Sahni even shared pictures with the newspaper with a time stamp of 14:41 pm on October 22 - showing the security manager of the building posing with the car.

Muzainah said the vehicle's owner apologized for the violation and said he was not driving it at the time. The owner informed the police of where the car was parked when the violation happened and a ticket was given out accordingly.

Read more of Al Arabiya English’s exclusive interview with Raj Sahni.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.