SC says no BS-IV automobiles to be registered until resolution on their sale throughout lockdown

New Delhi, July 31

The Supreme Court Friday directed that no BS-IV automobiles can be registered with the authorities until it decides the problem of sale of such automobiles in the course of the lockdown interval.  

 The prime courtroom was earlier irked over the violation of its order and had pulled up the auto sellers affiliation by saying that the BS-IV automobiles have been offered in the course of the lockdown in final week of March and after March 31 additionally.  

The bench had on July eight recalled the March 27 order by which it had allowed sale of BS-IV automobiles for 10 days throughout India, besides in Delhi-NCR, after lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown.  

The reduction, which was later withdrawn, to allow sale of the BS-IV automobiles for a small window interval after lifting of the lockdown was granted to the sellers by the apex courtroom holding in thoughts the truth that the nation had determined to to not enable their sale after March 2020.  

During the transient listening to carried out via video conferencing on Friday, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra made clear that no BS-Four automobiles can be registered by the authorities until it decides the problem.  

The bench, additionally comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, requested the auto sellers affiliation to position earlier than it the main points of automobiles offered both on-line or via direct sale in the course of the lockdown interval in final week of March.  

The bench stated it heeded to confirm the main points relating to sale and registration of BS-Four automobiles in lockdown interval. 

“You are in great trouble. We will prosecute somebody,” the bench informed the counsel showing for the sellers affiliation.  

“We will take appropriate action against these fellows,” the bench stated whereas referring to the surge within the variety of automobiles offered particularly on March 29, 30 and 31.  

The bench has now posted the matter for additional listening to on August 13.

The prime courtroom had on July 24 expressed displeasure over an oral plea by the auto sellers affiliation that sellers ought to be allowed to return unsold stock of BS-IV automobiles to the producers in order that they may very well be exported to different nations.  

The affiliation had stated that there are some nations the place sale of BS-IV compliant automobiles have been nonetheless allowed.  

However, the bench had noticed “Why should we pass orders for that? Manufacturers were aware of the deadline.” PTI

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