"I am religious leader and I have been using the red beacon for past several decades. I don't follow the orders of the Centre. Who are they to order me? In Bengal, only the orders of the state government are effective. I will use red beacon. In Bengal, no one has removed red beacon," Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati told PTI.
Seeking to end the VIP culture, the Union cabinet had decided that red beacons would be removed from all vehicles, including that of the prime minister, from May 1.
The state BJP came down heavily on the Imam for defying the Union cabinet's order.
The Kolkata police denied to comment on the matter of Barkati using the red beacon and said it was "not aware" of it.