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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
SAS Nagar, August 18, 2013
A day after it was revealed that district transport office has allegedly allotted a vanity registration number to education minister Sikander Singh Maluka's wife for a meagre Rs. 10,000, despite being sold to another resident of SAS Nagar in Rs. 2.2 lakh, the minister on Saturday said that he would return the number.


Speaking to HT Maluka said: “I bought a new vehicle and asked the DTO to give me any number. The DTO told me that two numbers were available, including PB-65-R-0007 and he gave me the same.”

“Had I known that some other person has bought the number, I would have never taken it. I will give the number back as I have no interest in getting a vanity number and do not believe in the number game,” he said.

HT had highlighted how the district transport office had allegedly allotted a vanity registration number, which was bought by an SAS Nagar resident for Rs. 2.2 lakh to Surjit Kaur, wife of education minister Sikander Singh Maluka, for a meagre Rs. 10,000.

Varinderjeet Kaur of Sector 71 had bought the number, PB-65-R-0007, for her Mercedes at an auction held on August 4 last year and had deposited the money on the same day.

In May this year, she deposited the road tax of Rs. 4.47 lakh against the number with a late fee of Rs. 100.

However, DTO Karan Singh when contacted said: “We will prepare a detailed report of the case and send it to higher authorities, who will further take it up with the government for final decision.”

According to rules, if the road tax is delayed, it can be paid with a late fee, but the number cannot be re-issued without the consent of the successful bidder.

Also, in case the successful bidder is not able to pay the auction money, the second successful bidder gets the number, as the number cannot be treated as left over.

In this case, both the auction money and the road tax were deposited.