The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and the Delhi government to present the rules that govern the display of the state emblem of India on the cars of constitutional dignitaries like the President instead of their registration numbers.
Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the governments to review the rules and inform the bench before the next hearing which is scheduled for December 20.
The high court noted that there must be a protocol or rule existing regarding the practice, that has been challenged in the writ petition.
Plea By NGO Claims Security Risk
The SC directive came while it was hearing a plea filed by an NGO that has claimed that the
practice of exhibiting the state emblem, instead of the registration numbers, is likely to make the cars more conspicuous which can make the dignitaries more vulnerable to terrorist attacks or to people with malicious intent.
Further the petition stressed that the practice of replacing the registration number with the emblem of the four lions, indicated “the desire to rule rather than to serve”.
The petitioner has sought the court to direct the Delhi government and Delhi police to seize cars currently under use in Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raj Niwas as well as the protocol division of the ministry of external affairs for failing to be registered under the Motor Vehicles Act.
The plea is also requiring that action be taken against the car owners in a timely matter and a directive be issued to the ministries of home and external affairs regarding registration of the cars and necessary insurance for them.