New Delhi: While hearing a case related to the use of high security number plates on vehicles, the Supreme Court has issued show cause notice to Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir's transport authorities for non-compliance of rules.

The order was issued by the bench of Chief Justice SH Kapadia, Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar during the hearing on Maninderjit Singh Bitta's petition for implementation of high security number plates.

In the show case notice, the Apex Court has asked the Transport Secretary and Commissioner of Transport Department of the aforesaid states on taking judicial action against the guilty officials for defamation of court orders and fine them heavily.

The court had directed all the states on April 7 to implement the high security number plates’ scheme.
According to the bench, the states of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir neither took any measures in this regard nor did they file an affidavit to explain the reason for non-compliance of the order or to what extent was it implied.

Expressing resentment on the careless attitude of these states, the court said that it was clear that the related officers intentionally disregarded the order.

Meanwhile, the court has extended the deadline by six weeks for completing the tender process in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. In the order the court said, these states have taken years to determine dates for the publication of tenders.

The court has also extended the time limit by eight weeks to complete work in Assam, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

(JPN/Bureau)