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HC pulls up Maha for mockery of orders on fitness certificate

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today rapped the government, saying it should stop making a mockery of orders and decide whether it wanted to strictly implement the provisions pertaining to fitness certificates of vehicles.

A division bench of justices and A K Menon said it had passed several orders in the past in a public interest litigation raising the issue of non-compliance of rules by the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) while issuing fitness certificates for vehicles or renewing the same.


"We have been passing orders asking the to take the rules for fitness checks of vehicles seriously but in vain. The seems to be taking it very lightly and casually. This amounts to a mockery of our orders," the high said.

It was time the took a decision on whether it proposed to strictly implement provisions of the pertaining to fitness certificates and stop making a mockery of orders, the said.

The bench was today informed by the petitioner, Shrikanth Karve, that an officer posted at a border post in Solapur was coming to the RTO in Pune and issuing fitness certificates without any authority.

"He charges Rs 5,000 per vehicle. This is being going on since May this year," the petitioner alleged.

"Has any senior officer looked into the records of the Pune RTO? How can a random person barge into a RTO office and unauthorisedly check vehicles and grant them fitness certificates? This has been going on since May this year," the said.

"The vehicles that this person has checked and granted fitness certificates to...are these vehicles still plying on the roads? What if tomorrow there is an accident and lives are lost? Who will be held responsible?" Justice Oka said.

The asked the senior most officer of the state transport department to look into the matter and file a report on November 16.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 17:42 IST
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