J-K HC orders release of seized vehicles with Rs 20,000 as penalty

High Court has directed the Traffic Police to release the vehicles seized for plying with tinted glass after depositing of an amount of Rs 20, 000 by each violator. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma passed this direction after hearing various application seeking the release of their vehicles seized by Traffic Police of Srinagar, Anantnag, Udhampur, and Rural Kashmir for violating the Supreme Court directions. The DB recorded the Supreme Court orders wherein removal of tinted glasses was passed in 2011. Court said in-spite of the passage of about nine years since the date of passing of the order; the applicants have used the tinted glasses in their vehicles which have resulted in their seizure. Court also made it clear that if the vehicle is seized in violation of the directions of the Court, then the said order will govern.
Court ordered the vehicles in question be released with the condition to submit undertakings before the DIG Traffic concerned mentioning therein that they shall not ply their vehicles in violation of the directions passed by the Apex Court and also the Rules governing the field. Court also said that the applicants whose vehicles are seized and not bothered to follow the rules and have violated the directions issued by the Apex Court have to be put on notice to explain their position as to why action warranted under law be not taken against them.
“Therefore, the vehicles are ordered to be released in terms of the orders, as also in terms of modified order, on deposit of
Rs 20,000 each before the Registrar Judicial of this court and only after production of the receipt on that behalf, the vehicles be released subject to the conditions mentioned above”, DB directed.