Notices were issued to the Regional Transport Office at Thane and Raigad and the state government for allegedly seizing car and documents of the complainant.
The Bombay High Court was hearing a petition filed by one Mahesh Patel, 43, alleging nexus between RTO officers and a few insurance companies.
Patel has also sought compensation alleging that Thane RTO had illegally seized his car and its documents claiming they were required for an inquiry.
His advocate, Shakuntala Wadekar, argued that the RTO seized the vehicle alleging it had bogus registration documents reflecting different chassis numbers. The chassis and engine are serially numbered by the vehicle’s manufacturing company and identify both the units separately.
“The chassis number of the car was superficially manipulated on the documents, claimed the RTO. Hence, they took away the vehicle for investigating it,” said Wadekar.
Wadekar also alleged that it was impossible to register one vehicle with three different registration numbers without any role of RTO and insurance officers.
Patel’s petition alleges that the RTO noticed the error while registering the vehicle. However, they registered the vehicle after making minor changes in the chassis number. Wadekar added that RTO “conveniently skipped the verification”, which is essential.
Wadekar argued that the police have not probed the role of persons holding the office (RTO and insurance companies) and asked the court to order a reinvestigation into the case.
“Such multiple insurances will lead to incorrect claims, and the money to pay for them will still be that of the general public,” she said.