Poddar Car World in Khanapara, Guwahati Credit: Twitter

The Gauhati High Court on Friday lifted the suspension order imposed by The Assam Transport Department on Poddar Car World dealership.

On Friday, Justice Suman Shyam heard both the parties and decided to lift the ban after he found out that the suspension order issued by the District Transport Officer (DTO) of Kamrup Metropolitan violated “the principles of natural justice as well as the statutory provision of law.”

The Court referred to Rule 44 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and that there is a statutory requirement of serving prior notice before any order of suspension of Trade Certificate can be passed by the authorities.

EastMojo reached out to a Poddar Car World representative who informed us that the suspension order was illegal and had been squashed by the Gauhati High Court on Friday. He also said that the Court ordered the District Transport Officer not to interfere in the investigation further.\

The representative also said that according to the High Court’s order, “if the Transport department has to send a notice, the notice can be sent from the Commissioner’s office rather than the District Transport Office.” He stated that it was a case of “personal vendetta.”

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EastMojo also tried to contact the District Transport Officer (DTO) of Kamrup Metropolitan, Gautam Das’ office, but was unable to get a statement.

The dealer was shut down by a team of vehicle inspectors and officials under the Commissioner of Assam Transport Department’s orders after a complaint was filed against the dealer. The dealer has reportedly been reopened since the order.

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