Vehicles registered on fake identity, hence stress on UID cards: DC to HC

The Deputy Commissioner of UT Administration, M Shayin, on Tuesday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that recently it had come to the notice of the UT Administration that vehicles were being registered on the basis of fake identity of the owners. Therefore, the purpose and idea behind the introduction of UID cards as an ID proof was to provide maximum security to vehicles so in case of theft, identity of the owner could be traced.

The DC submitted a short reply to a petition filed by Sanjeev Pandey of Chandigarh seeking quashing of executive order of the DC, dated December 5, 2012, passed in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 by which UID cards had been made mandatory for registration of vehicles and grant of learner/regular driving licence.

The DC submitted that this petition should be kept pending till the Supreme Court decided similar cases.

The court was also informed that UID cards were given more importance than the other proofs of identity and residence such as voter I-card and passport, which were issued by the Election Commission of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectively.

The petitioner sought directions to the UT Administrator and DC to accept other proofs of identity and address — voter I-card and passport — as prescribed under Rule 4 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, for issuance of learning/regular driving licence and for registration of vehicle.

However, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain directed the UT Administration and Central government to file their affidavits on the concerns being raised in the petition within two weeks, and adjourned the case for March 2.

Assistant Director General (UIDAI) Charu Bali had informed the court earlier that the issue pertaining to validity of notification dated January 28, 2009 and the UID scheme, as raised in the present case, had already been raised before the Supreme Court.

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