The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that no new cars will be delivered by auto-dealers in the Capital without installing high-security number plates.
A bench of Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Madan B Lokur warned of contempt proceedings against the managing director or manager of the showroom if the court orders were found to be violated.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a Hindustan Times report, the bench had last week issued a notice to the Delhi government's transport department, seeking a status report on whether new vehicles being delivered had the high-security number plates or not.
On learning that the government had notified the implementation of the high-security number plates scheme in April 2012, the bench further directed the traffic police to carry out a drive to find out how many cars were plying without these security plates.
It said if required, the traffic police could challan the vehicle owner who was driving without high-security number plates.
It also gave a week's time to the transport department to file an affidavit on how many number plates were awaiting installation and how many car owners had failed to approach the authority for fixing of the security plates.
Delhi government counsel Wasim Qadri informed the court that the transport department had issued two notifications to inform the public about high-security number plates. He blamed the auto dealers and private car owners for not coming forward to avail the facility.'