The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notice to the Punjab government and state transport department on a petition accusing the transport authorities of issuing VIP registration numbers of vehicles at a price far less than the reserve price.
The petition filed by Muktsar resident Gursahib Singh alleged that the VIP numbers that carried a reserve price of lakhs were being allotted only for Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000. The high court asked the government to explain this. The petition will come up for hearing on May 10.
The petitioner has questioned the policy of the transport department. He said he got information through the department website that the VIP numbers were being issued for a pittance. He said that according to a notification of the state government issued in 2014, the numbers could not be given at a price lesser than the reserve price.
The petitioner said that in Ferozepur he was given the number of his scooter for Rs 1,000 even when its reserve price was Rs 10,000. The petitioner sought a high-level inquiry into this.