New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that every vehicle, including that of top constitutional authorities, should display the registration number.
The order by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar came while disposing of the public interest litigation filed by NGO Nyayabhoomi, which has sought to enforce display of registration numbers on VVIPs’ cars.
The detailed order will be released later.
The Road Transport and Highways Ministry, in its affidavit filed before the bench in March, had agreed to display of registration numbers on VVIPs’ cars and said that it has written to the authorities concerned to get these vehicles registered.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Nyayabhoomi, which stated that the practice of replacing the registration numbers with the national emblem — three lion heads adapted from the Lion Capital carved on an Ashokan pillar at Sarnath — is both arbitrary and symptomatic of the desire to rule rather than to serve.
The plea said the practice makes the VVIP cars conspicuous and thus the dignitaries become easy targets for terrorists and anyone with malicious intent.
If a person met with an accident involving such vehicles, he cannot bring any claim against the erring persons due to absence of any identification mark, it added.