Contempt notice to Union secy

Gauhati High Court today issued a contempt notice to the secretary to the Union ministry of road, transport and highways for not complying with a high court order dated June 26 in connection with two public interest litigations (PILs).

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 6.08.15
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Guwahati, Aug. 5: Gauhati High Court today issued a contempt notice to the secretary to the Union ministry of road, transport and highways for not complying with a high court order dated June 26 in connection with two public interest litigations (PILs).

The order was passed by a division bench of Chief Justice (acting) K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice P.K. Saikia in connection with PIL number 42/2015 and 38/2015.

By an interim order passed on June 26, 2015, the high court had directed the Centre not to permit the auto manufacturers to release and sell the small four-wheelers with a mass up to 1,500kg and quadri-cycles without putting them to crash-stage and emission test.

Thereafter, by order dated July 29, the court directed the secretary to the Union ministry of transport and highways to file an affidavit stating the steps taken for implementing the interim order passed by the court in the case on June 26.

When the PILs came before the division bench today for hearing, no affidavit was filed by the secretary to the Union ministry of transport and highways, as a result of which the high court issued the notice of contempt.

The Assam transport department today submitted before the court that the state government had directed all motor vehicle dealers not to launch any new four-wheeler passenger vehicles of maximum seating capacity eight and gross vehicle weight 1,500kg in the market without obtaining proper crash test, safety test report.

Senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar appeared as amicus curiae in both the PILs.

August 27 has been fixed as the next date of hearing of the PILs.