In a highly anticipated decision that put a brake on BS-IV vehicles’ registration, the Supreme Court bench, presided by Justice Arun Mishra, on Friday banned the registration of BS-IV vehicles until further notice. The apex court also expressed dissatisfaction with the sale of a large number of vehicles in March, which allegedly sneering its orders and observed that something fraudulent may have occurred during the lockdown.
A bench led by Judge Arun Mishra stated that an unprecedented number of BS-IV vehicles were traded during the lockdown period.
The Supreme Court will hear the case again on August 13. The Supreme Court was previously dissatisfied for violating its order and thereby stimulating the Automobile Dealers Association, stated that the BS 4 vehicles were sold during the lock-up period in the last week of March, and also after March month. However, there was a limit fix by SC on the number of vehicles to be sold during that period.
Therefore, the court ordered the sale of BS-IV vehicles before March 31. Later, due to the lockdown, it allowed the dealer to sell 10% of the remaining vehicles on the request to stop sales due to the epidemic period. Now, looking at the sales figures of March, the court is suspected of the fraud.
At a brief hearing on Friday through a video conference, a tribunal led by Justice Arun Mishra made it clear that the authorities would not register BS-4 vehicles until the matter solved.
Earlier when the bench heard the matter through a video conference, the bench also warned that Don’t get the advantage of the court by playing fraud.
The bench composed of Justices Krishna Murari and BR Gavai ordered the Automobile Dealers Association to sell detailed information about sold vehicles either direct or by online sales throughout the lockdown period especially in the last week of March.
The bench told the dealer’s association’s lawyer: You are in trouble. We will sue someone.
While referring to the increase in the number of vehicles sold especially from 29 to 31st March, the bench stated: We will take relevant action against these people.
Earlier this month, SC expressed dissatisfaction with the verbal request of the automobile dealers association, asking dealers to allow the return of unsold stock of BS-IV vehicles to the manufacturer in order to transport them to other countries.
The association’s lawyer stated the bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, that in certain countries/regions, the sale of vehicles that meet the BS-IV standard is allowed.
On July 8, the Supreme Court recalled its 27 March order, according to which, after lifting the lockdown due to COVID-19, BS-IV vehicles can sell across India (except Delhi NCR) for a period of 10 days.
On March 27, the Supreme Court stated that it would allow the sale of 10% of unsold BS-IV vehicles to make up for the six-day loss caused by the national lockdown imposed on March 25.
.On June 15, The Supreme Court criticized the Federation of Indian Automobile Dealers Associations (FIADA) and automobile dealers, accusing them of sneering the norms and regulations related to the sales and registration of BS-IV vehicles during the relaxation which were permitted by the court in the lockdown period.
However, the tribunal stated that why should we pass an order for that? If the manufacturer knows the deadline.