SC to five states: What is status of High Security Registration Plates?

Aug 10, 2017 13:02 IST

The Supreme Court on 8 August 2017 sought response from five states on a plea alleging non- compliance of order related to ensuring High Security Registration Plates for all vehicles.

A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices Adarsh Goel and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh and sought their replies in four weeks.

The installation of HSRP is statutory command which is not only in the interest of the security of the State, but also serves a much larger public interest.

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In 2012, the Supreme Court asked several states and Union Territories to ensure High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) for all vehicles or face contempt of court proceedings.

It directed that all states, to fully implement the scheme of HSRP positively by 30 April 2012 for new vehicles and by 15 June 2015 for old vehicles.

At that point of time itself, the court had warned that no state will be allowed any further extension of time for implementation of this direction and failure to comply with its direction will lead to contempt proceedings under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.

The ruling came on a PIL petition filed by Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, M S Bitta, seeking its direction to introduce tamper-proof number plates and licences for vehicles.

Source: PTI


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