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HC seeks Delhi govt's stand on black marketing auto permits

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today sought the reply of the city government's transport department on a plea alleging blackmarketing of new auto permits in the national capital.

A bench of Acting and Justice also sought responses from the and Police on the application which alleges that the permits for the new 10,000 autos were being given for Rs three lakh and asked them to file their replies by April 24.

The application has been filed by Rakesh Agarwal for action against the authorities who were allegedly involved in the corrupt practice of selling auto permits in black.

The petitioner said that to abide by the 2011 permission of the Supreme to increase the three-wheeler scooter rickshaws (TSRs) by 45,000, the transport department had initially registered 35,000 autorickshaws and another 10,000 were in the process of being registered.

"Wholesale corruption took place in the issuance of permits for the 35,000 autorickshaws. The law was brazenly flouted and permits were deliberately issued in an arbitrary manner in order to benefit the autorickshaw-finance-mafia.

"As a result, at least 80 per cent of the permits landed in the hands of auto-finance-mafia," the plea has claimed.

The plea said when an is forced to pay artificially increased price for the purchase of the vehicle or increased rent, he passes on the additional cost to the consumer by overcharging them.

"Refusal is also resorted to in order to maximise and optimise earnings," it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:20 IST