New Delhi, July 8
The Supreme Court on Wednesday recalled its March 27 order by which it had allowed the sale of BS-IV autos for 10 days throughout the nation, besides in Delhi-NCR, after lifting of COVID-19 induced lockdown.
The apex court docket stated vehicle sellers violated its directives and BS-IV autos had been bought throughout the lockdown within the final week of March and after March 31 additionally.
“Do not take advantage of this court by playing fraud,” a Bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, SA Nazeer and Indira Banerjee, stated whereas listening to the matter by way of video-conferencing.
The high court docket had on March 27 stated it was allowing sale of 10 per cent of unsold BS-IV autos to make up for six days misplaced as a result of nationwide lockdown which was imposed on March 25.
The apex court docket Wednesday stated that Bharat Stage (BS)-IV autos bought after March 31 this 12 months won’t be presently registered.
The Bench noticed that sale of BS-IV autos had elevated within the final week of March, when the nationwide lockdown was in drive, they usually had been bought on-line additionally.
Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, who’s helping the highest court docket as amicus curiae within the matter, stated the court docket has recalled its March 27 order.
During the listening to, the Bench noticed that the car sellers affiliation haven’t adopted its earlier order they usually have violated the apex court docket’s directives.
It stated that BS-IV autos had been bought throughout the lockdown in final week of March and after March 31 additionally and now their registration was sought even if order was handed method again in 2018.
The affiliation’s counsel referred to an earlier order and argued that court docket had stated if BS-IV automobile is bought earlier than March 31, then registration could be finished.
To this, the bench requested how sellers have bought these autos throughout the lockdown interval in March.
It noticed that particulars of greater than 17,000 autos haven’t been uploaded on the e-Vahan portal of the Government of India.
The bench stated it will ask the federal government to examine the e-Vahan information.
The court docket stated it will permit registration of these BS-IV autos, whose particulars are uploaded on the e-Vahan portal until March 31.
It requested the federal government to put earlier than it the info of autos which had been uploaded on the e-Vahan portal after 31 March.
It requested the car sellers affiliation to furnish particulars of the autos bought by them to the federal government.
The Bench has posted the matter for listening to on July 23.
The apex court docket in October 2018 stated no BS-IV automobile could be bought or registered in India from April 1, 2020.
In 2016, the Centre had additionally introduced that India would skip the BS-V norms and undertake BS-VI by 2020.
BS emission norms are requirements instituted by the federal government to manage output of air pollution from motor autos.
On June 15, the apex court docket had made it clear that no sale and registration of BS-IV autos could be permitted within the nation and pulled up the car sellers affiliation for violating its earlier order that had given some restricted leisure.
A furious high court docket had famous that as per the compliance affidavit filed concerning its March 27 order, greater than 2,25,000 autos had been ready registration as on March 31 and this exceeded the determine which it had specified.
It had allowed registration of 1.05 lakh two-wheelers, 2,250 passenger vehicles and a couple of,000 business autos which had been bought however not registered throughout the nation.
It had stated that registration of autos, which had been to be bought out of the permitted 10 per cent, can’t be made with out its permission and with out giving particulars as ordered by the court docket in March.
In March this 12 months, the apex court docket was knowledgeable concerning the unsold stock of BS-IV autos—round seven lakh two wheelers, 15,000 passenger vehicles and 12,000 business autos.
It was advised that there have been 1,05,000 two-wheelers, 2,250 passenger vehicles and a couple of,000 business autos, which had been bought however not registered all through the nation.
The high court docket had then ordered that autos, which had been bought however not registered, be registered by the authorities by April 30. PTI