The vehicle registration number that fetched the maximum amount (Rs 7.01 lakh) at the auction for CH-01-AV series at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office on Saturday could soon be put under the hammer again. Reason: the person who outbid all others now refuses to buy the number.
When contacted just after the auction on Saturday,Taranjeet Singh had denied having even participated in the auction. I own a Hyundai i10. Why will I buy a number worth Rs 7 lakh? Someone has impersonated me and has used my name, he had told Newsline.
However,while talking to Newsline on Sunday,he said,It was my cousin who was bidding on my behalf. He was supposed to bid for another number having a security deposit of Rs 15,000. However,when he saw that 0001 was also going for a pretty reasonable amount,he participated in the bid.
My cousin bought the number for Rs 7 lakh which was too much and I do not intend to spend so much money on the number, he said.
According to the RLA records,however,Singh got the number for his Pajero SUV,a fact he confirmed to Newsline.
Confusion had prevailed on Saturday after Singh denied to have participated in the bid. He claimed that someone had played a prank on him.
When contacted,RLA incharge Kashish Mittal said,It is clearly specified in the rules that after the auction,if the highest bidder is unable to take the number due to any reason,the amount deposited by him shall be forfeited and he will be debarred from bidding in the RLA auction for the next four series.
Mittal added,As of now,we have not received any information regarding any bidder claiming to have withdrawn his bid. We will probe the case after the auction is over and appropriate action will be taken,if necessary.
According to the RLA authorities,Singh had initially applied for another number for which the security was Rs 15,000. He got a draft for that amount. However,he expressed a desire to bid for the registration number 0001 which had the security deposit of Rs 25,000. He was allowed to participate after he deposited Rs 10,000.