Court refuses to stay Delhi vehicle number plate drive (Lead)

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Tue, May 1 2012 20:48 IST | 7 Views | Add comment
New Delhi, May 1

The Delhi High Court Tuesday declined to stay a Delhi government decision to award a contract to a private firm for implementing a scheme to fix high security registration plates (HSRPs) on city vehicles.

The division bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher refused to impose curbs on the government decision while hearing a plea filed by a private firm Real Mazon India Ltd.

The firm challenged the government's decision to disqualify it from the bidding process for manufacturing the plates.

The court would next hear the matter July 11.

The government told the court that Real Mazon was also disqualified by the Madhya Pradesh government. The Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court recently dismissed the company's plea on the same issue.

From May 1, the Delhi transport department has made HSRPs mandatory for new vehicles in the city. However, in the case of old vehicles, the fixing of new registration plates shall begin June 15.

Real Mazon filling the petition said that the transport department had wrongly disqualified it and awarded the contract of manufacturing the plates to Rosmerta Technology Ltd.

Alleging that the decision of the government was “arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory and non-speaking”, the company said that its rival firm Rosmerta Technology Ltd. was not disqualified from the biding process despite having submitted faulty financial forms.

Challenging the government’s decision, the company alleged that other co-bidders which were not disqualified “for oblique/covert motives and such a decision of the government… is in gross violation of public interest”.

The scheme was made mandatory in all states and union territories, while states like Meghalaya, Sikkim and Goa have already implemented the project, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh had not taken any steps.

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