Notices to states for not acting on number plates

Notices to states for not acting on number plates

Arunachal, J&K, Haryana, get week's time to respond

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia directed them to file their reply as to why proceedings should not be initiated against them under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 within a week.

“It is clear that there is apparent and intentional default on the part of the concerned officers of these defaulting States,” the court said.

The apex court regretted that no state has implemented the high security number plates scheme and reiterated its direction to all states passed on the petition filed by Chairman of All-India Anti-Terrorist Front M S Bitta for it.

‘Converse of compliance’

“In fact, seven years have elapsed but it appears to us that some states have not even taken initial steps to implement the scheme of High Security Registration Plates in their respective States. We regretfully note that the situation in the present case is the converse of compliance.

“There is no state in the entire country which has successfully, in accordance with the statutory provisions and scheme, as approved by this Court, implemented the scheme in its entirety,” the court said.

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