Srinagar court sentences man to six months imprisonment for Thar modification

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A Jammu and Kashmir court on Friday sentenced a man to six months imprisonment for carrying out illegal modification including a high car siren to his Mahindra Thar vehicle in contravention of Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 (MV Act), reported Bar and Bench.

The violator Adil Farooq Bhat was later given the benefit of probation under the Probation of Offenders Act subject to him executing a bond to the tune of 2 lakh rupees for keeping peace and good behavior for a period of two years.

The judgment was passed after the violator appeared before the court and pleaded guilty to modifying/altering the vehicle in question from its original condition, as specified in the registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

“Since the offence does not involve any moral turpitude and the violator has not been previously convicted and having regard to his age and antecedents the purpose of the justice shall be served if the case is considered under probation of offenders Act, and accused is given benefit of probation. Therefore, the accused is directed to execute a bond to the tune of Rs 2 lakh for keeping peace and good behavior for the period of two years,” the judgment said, as per the report.

In violation of any condition of bond during the period of two years the accused shall receive the proposed sentence, the Court added.

The judgment was passed by Additional Special Mobile Magistrate (Traffic), Srinagar Shabir Ahmad Malik who also directed RTO Srinagar to remove all the modifications and restore the vehicle to its original state.

“The RTO Kashmir at Srinagar is directed to remove the car siren and all the modifications those were done in contravention to the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and the rules made thereunder and restore the vehicle (Thar) to its original position as specified in the Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle,” the judgment said.

The equipment/ fittings so removed should be returned to the violator against proper receipt and the cost of removing the modifications as well as restoring the vehicle to its original position shall be recovered from the violator, the Court added.

The entire incident shall be videographed and the same shall be submitted before the court, the judgment further directed.

The Court also ordered the Additional Director General of Police, Traffic (J-K) to take strict action against those who have modified vehicles in contravention of the law.

“As per section 52 of MV Act, no motor vehicle shall be modified or altered from its original position in contravention to the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and without the permission from the concerned authority,” the Court underlined.

The Court also explained the reasons why people carry out such modifications.

“There are mainly two reasons why people violate these rules; one, lack of awareness and second, no strict action against the violators, therefore it is imperative to educate the people on the subject and simultaneously strict action as warranted under law must be taken against the violators,” the Court said, as per the report.

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