The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought the Centre’s and Delhi government’s response on the procedure on the law under which people of the city can possess arms, issued on licences obtained from other states.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the counsels for the government to seek instructions on the issue raised in a PIL alleging rampant use of fake arms licences issued by Northeastern states.
The PIL has been filed by NGO Paardarshita Public Welfare Foundation.
“Under which rules can the residents of Delhi keep firearms, for which the licence has been issued by a different state?” the court said. The court has now asked the government agencies concerned to file an affidavit within four weeks.
Delhi government standing counsel Zubeda Begum told the court that she has instruction from Commissioner of Police (Licensing) that some fake licences have been cancelled. The counsel for the Centre said the Home Ministry has sent an e-mail to the authorities concerned.
In their petition, the NGO had claimed that fake arms licences were issued in the name of residents of the national capital and registered in the licensing unit of Delhi Police.
The NGO also sought directions to the government to immediately implement a mechanism to stop the illegal trade of fake arms licences and put in place security features, including biometric identification, for issuance of arms licences, with the process being similar to the current system of issuing passports.
With PTI inputs