Administration under scanner for re-auctioning sold registration number

The re-auction of a registration number by the Chandigarh Administration has come under scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:August 15, 2013 1:35 am

The re-auction of a registration number by the Chandigarh Administration has come under scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court Wednesday issued notices to Administration on a petition seeking quashing the notice for re-auctioning registration number CH-01-AU 0006.

Notices were issued on a petition filed by advocate Nitin Goyal against Chandigarh Administration,the Deputy Commissioner and the Registering and Licensing Authority.

The petitioner contended that his bid of Rs 16,500 was accepted and he was declared successful in the auction for number 0006. But,the next day,on August 3,he came to know from the newspapers that the RLA has recommended cancellation of auction of seven numbers on the ground that the auction fetched price lower than expected.

The petitioner made a representation to the RLA saying only two other applicants bid for the number. There “was no question of hobnobbing between the petitioner and the other applicant”.

He added: “Till date, neither the order of cancellation of auction has been communicated,nor the representation of the petitioner dated August 3 has been decided by the respondents”.

The petitioner argued the action of the respondents in canceling the auction is illegal,unconstitutional,arbitrary,discriminatory and liable to be set aside.

His bid,the highest for “0006”,was accepted by the auctioning authority. It could not have been cancelled and re-auctioned.

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