Don’t force Non- J&K Vehicles for Re-Registration – High court to RTO

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Thursday reserved the judgment on Reregistration of Non-JK Registration Vehicles after hearing the matter.
The case was listed for hearing today on 22 April. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on
21 April had directed Commissioner Secretary Transport to remain present today through
virtual mode.
An order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday read, ” Judgement is
Reserved.”

According to reports, while hearing the matter on 21 April the court observed, “Since the
the officer was not in a position to satisfactorily demonstrate the origin of the impugned circular
and his authority to issue it, the court feels it appropriate to ask the officer present to file
his affidavit before the court by tomorrow indicating therein as to what necessitated the
issuance of impugned circular and remain present in a person along with records on the
next date.”
“The Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, Civil Secretariat, Jammu, shall
also remain present through virtual mode tomorrow”, read the court order of 21 April.
The circular issued by RTO Kashmir regarding the re-registration of Non-JK registered vehicles was challenged in Jammu and Kashmir high court by petitioner advocate zahoor bhat through his council, questioning the legal sanctity of the circular issued by RTO Kashmir.

While hearing the matter earlier the double bench court had asked if RTO is the authority to
seek the re-registration of non-JK registered vehicles and had sought the response of the
The government on the matter so that the controversy is set at rest.
In support of his submissions, the senior counsel Faisal Qadri had also referred to and relied on
upon the judgment of the High Court of Karnataka delivered in case title Jagdev Biradar v.s
The state of Karnataka.
Meanwhile, another petition was filed in the same matter after which Jammu and Kashmir
High Court directed to club the petition with already filed one and sought the response on
the same from the government

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