The Supreme Court on Friday mentioned the gross sales of banned BS-IV automobiles was “abnormally high” through the lockdown interval and one thing “fraudulent” had gone on.
A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra puzzled how such an enormous quantity of gross sales was executed when showrooms had remained closed. The oral remarks got here in response to an affidavit filed by the Union Ministry of Transport, which detailed the heightened sale and registration of those automobiles through the lockdown interval.
The courtroom requested the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) to elucidate the spurt in BS-IV car gross sales. It requested FADA to point out the variety of transactions which passed off on-line and thru showrooms. The courtroom listed the case for August 13.
On July 8, the courtroom had recalled the March 27 order by which it had allowed the sale of BS-IV automobiles for 10 days throughout India, besides in Delhi-NCR, after lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown. The apex courtroom was irked over the violation of its March 27 order. It learnt that vehicle sellers have been promoting BS-IV automobiles through the lockdown in final week of March and past.
The courtroom had given them the 10-day window to promote 10% of their BS-IV inventory on the specific situation that they might not do enterprise in violation of the lockdown. However, the courtroom got here to know that many sellers continued to promote their inventory apart from cashing in on the 10-day window.
On Friday, the courtroom made it clear that no BS-IV car must be registered until the courtroom learns the reality.
“You are in great trouble. We will prosecute somebody… We will take appropriate action against these fellows,” Justice Mishra mentioned, referring to the surge within the variety of automobiles bought particularly on March 29, 30 and 31.