DTO ready to settle ‘vanity number’ issue

The number was earlier surrendered by Maluka’s wife

Written by Express News Service | Mohali | Published: August 27, 2013 1:09 am

The complainant in the case where vanity registration number was issued to the wife of Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka,on Monday claimed that the District Transport Officer Karan Singh has assured her re-issuance of the number. The number was earlier surrendered by Maluka’s wife.

Kaur,who had sent a legal notice to the DTO on August 17 regarding the allotment of Vehicle Registration No PB65R0007 to Maluka’s wife even though she had already bought it last year,said that the DTO had agreed to resolve the issue by promising to issue the vanity number to her.

DTO Singh,however,continued to be in a state of denial regarding the entire issue. “I haven’t spoken to the complainant,for settlement or otherwise,and I can’t comment on what future course my office will take regarding the number.” Strangely,he even claimed ignorance about the surrender of the number by Maluka.

In fact,the DTO had maintained till now that the vanity number had been cancelled because Kaur had failed to pay the road tax for her vehicle,even though Kaur had cited her receipt number. He had even said that Kaur had several cases registered against her. However,the DTO took a U-turn and said that he does not know whether Kaur had paid the tax or not.

Kaur had complained to the DTO on August 17 after she had spotted another carwith the same number which she bought for 2.2 lakhs last August. The number was given to Surjit Kaur for a pittance of Rs 10,000.

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