Three Judge Bench of the Apex Court has issued detailed guidelines for proper implementation of the High Security Registration Plates (HSRP Scheme). The Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dr. T.S. Thakur disposed of Contempt petitions which had highlighted the issue of implementation of HSRP Scheme.
The contempt petitioner had alleged that the Central Government and others have not ensured the implementation of the orders of the Apex Court and have failed to discharge the statutory duty imposed upon them by law by not taking any appropriate action against M/s. Utsav Safety Systems Pvt. Ltd and its consortium partners for violating the terms of tender conditions and directions of Apex Court.
Taking note of the Counter Affidavit filed by the Union, the court observed: “Even though Union of India has stated that the implementation of the scheme in accordance with the rules framed by Union of India is the responsibility of the States/Union Territories, in our view, the Union of India has to ensure that there is regular check of manufacturing units which are engaged in the HSRP project by coordinating with the various States/Union Territories.”
The Court also said it is not inclined to initiate the contempt proceedings yet in order to enable the statutory authorities to keep a control over the implementation of the scheme. The Bench issued following guidelines.