The Supreme Court of India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has temporarily barred the registration of BS-IV vehicles in the country till further orders expressing displeasure on the huge number of BS-IV vehicles sold during nationwide lockdown in March 2020.

The court also mentioned that an unusual number of BS-IV vehicles were sold in the country during the lockdown in the month of March. The matter will further be heard again on August 13.

The bench comprising of Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari has asked the automobile dealers association to provide details of all the vehicles sold online and offline during lockdown period.

The bench of the Supreme Court will verify all the details regarding sale and registration of BS-IV vehicles in March.

“You are in great trouble. We will prosecute somebody,” said the bench to the counsel who appeared on behalf of the automobile dealers association.

“We will take appropriate action against these fellows,” the bench said while pointing to the sudden spike in the number of vehicles sold especially on March 29, 30 and 31.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had expressed its concerns on July 24 over an oral plea by automobile dealers association that the dealers should be allowed to return unsold BS-IV vehicles back to the manufacturers so that they can later be exported to other countries.

However, the bench turned down the plea stating that manufacturers were well aware of the deadline put forth by the court on the sale of BS-IV vehicles in the country.

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