New Delhi: In the backdrop of the charge that the bus in which the Delhi gang rape took place was registered on false address, the Union Road Transport Ministry has begun asking the states for action against vehicle registration officials in such cases.

Concerned that such illegal practices of registering vehicles on false addresses may be rampant and have the potential of abetting crime, Road Transport and Highways Minster C P Joshi asked concerned officials to take up the matter expeditiously, a senior Ministry official said.

Listing a number of measures to be initiated on an urgent basis, the Ministry has written to officials that "action should also be mandatorily taken against concerned vehicle Registration Officer/DTO/RTO" in case it was found that the vehicle was registered on false/fake information, sources said.

"In the context of the recent incident of gangrape in South Delhi, it has come to the knowledge of the Minister that the private bus which was used was registered by the bus owner by using a fictitious address and after this incident of crime the local police faced a great deal of difficulty in arresting the bus owner as the address given during the registration of vehicle was found to be fake," a letter to officials said.

Stressing that there might be several vehicles which might have been registered by RTO/DTO of transport departments throughout the country without properly verifying owner's address, the letter said "you will agree that such practices are illegal and have the potential of abetting crime".

It mentioned the guidelines issued by the Ministry on registration of vehicles were not being fully followed by the states.

The Ministry has suggested a number of measures for early detection of vehicles involved in crime including fixing the responsibility of checking and verifying the documents presented at the time of registration on RTO/DTO.

It has also stressed that "punitive action should be immediately initiated against applicants presenting fake documents for registration of vehicles," besides suggesting that there should be a provision of change in residence of vehicle owner in the registration certificate.

"After a certain period, address verification by physical check should be done for commercial and personal vehicles by the authorities concerned," the letter said.

The owner of the bus in Delhi, in which the 23-year-old girl was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on December 16, was arrested for allegedly submitting false documents for registration of his vehicle.


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