Unlawful transfer of vehicle ownership: SHC issues notice to E&T secySeptember 18, 2014
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notice to excise and taxation department secretary to appear in court and file a report on action taken against delinquent E&T officers for unlawfully transferring ownership of a snatched vehicle.
The petitioner, Syed Mohammad Qadir, representative of EFU General Insurance Limited, has gone to the court against head of E&T department’s motor registration wing Karachi, Mohammad Saleem DSP Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC), SSP ACLC, and chief of Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) for their alleged involvement in the unlawful transfer of snatched vehicle.
The petitioner submitted that AH International approached EFU General Insurance Limited for the claim after its vehicle bearing registration No.8834 – Land Cruiser insured with the company, was snatched. Owner had also lodged FIR No.420/99 in November 1999 under section 392/34 PPC R/W 7-B ATA at Clifton police station.
The insurance company paid vehicle owner Rs27,00,000 claim and obtained original documents of the vehicle after adhering to legal procedure.
When he addressed a letter to E&T department’s motor registration wing informing it about ownership of the vehicle, he said, adding that he was told in a reply that ownership of the vehicle was transferred to Syed Mohammad Haider Jillani.
The petitioner said that the vehicle still belonged to the company as it had not sold it. The ownership of vehicle was transferred illegally by the E&T department in collusion with the officials of ACLC and CPLC. He said that he approached the E&T department seeking against delinquent officers and cancel of transfer of vehicle but to no avail as authorities avoided action.
He said that CPLC maintains the record of stolen or snatched vehicles and no any vehicle can be transferred without its approbation, adding that change of vehicle’s ownership was also abuse of power and malafide intentions on part of CPLC.
He requested the court to order strict action against officers of E&T, responsible for transferring ownership of vehicle, chief of CPLC and officers of ACLC for indulging in unlawful act.
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