HC denies VIP number to buyer of Haryana Gov’s car in auction

The Haryana government had submitted that special series registration numbers cannot be transferred to individuals.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: December 9, 2015 6:15:38 am

A Panchkula resident who was denied transfer of VIP registration number (HR-26-AG-0001) of the Haryana Governor’s Mecedes Benz E-280 car which he had purchased in an auction, failed to get relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court as well.

Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Tuesday dismissed Amardeep Chaudhary’s petition seeking transfer of VIP number as well when he was successful in the car auction on ‘as it where is basis’ and ‘as it what it is basis’.

The Haryana government had submitted that special series registration numbers cannot be transferred to individuals. Detailed judgment in the case is awaited.

The petitioner had purchased the 2006 model Mecedes Benz E-280 car in an auction conducted by the directorate of supplies and disposals, Haryana, in February 2014 for around Rs 11 lakh.

The petitioner is an agriculturist and brother of former INLD MLA from Kalka, Pardeep Chaudhary. He had been taking up the case with the Haryana government authorities since the auction but had finally approached the high court in September this year.

The Haryana government’s additional advocate general Rajesh Sheoran had informed the court that the VIP number could not be transferred to the petitioner since the vehicle was registered in the name of the Governor.

Sheoran had informed the court that there there was a specific clause in the Haryana Motor Vehicle Rules which does not allow transfer of official number of special series to the successful bidder in the auction. It was said that such registration numbers are retained by the transport department for putting up on other official vehicles.

However, the petitioner had submitted that there was no condition that the vehicle in question would be sold without valid registration number.

The court was also apprised that the petitioner had already paid the additional tax of Rs 1,34,720 on the same vehicle but the registration number was not passed on to him. However, the petitioner submitted that the actual physical possession of the vehicle had been given to him.

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