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Karnataka High Court orders police to release over 1.5 million vehicles seized for lockdown violations across the state

Lawstreet Journal 15 Jun 2021 12:43am

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On Tuesday (June 8, 2021) the Karnataka High Court ordered the State Police to release over 1.5 lakh vehicles seized for violating lockdown rules. 

Instead of going to the magistrate, vehicle owners can now make an application to the jurisdictional police officers and ask for the vehicle to be returned in exchange for a deposit. 

On the state government's application, a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindraj issued the following order. The State Government cited a Karnataka High Court order dated April 30, 2020, which allowed the Bengaluru police to release 35,000 vehicles seized for violating lockdown regulations. 

Court’s Order

The Court began by noting that the state had seized 1,37,503 two-wheelers, 7,432 four-wheelers, and 7,123 other vehicles, and that it would be difficult for the police to find a suitable location for parking such a large number of vehicles. "Moreover, if the owners of the vehicles apply separately for vehicle return, the Courts of jurisdictional Magistrates will be overburdened," the court added.

The Court issued the following directions:

  1. Following verification of the applicants' ownership, jurisdictional Police Officers will have the option of releasing the seized vehicles to the owners by exercising the powers under Section 102 (3) of the Cr.P.C.
  2. The jurisdictional Police Officers can exercise this power if the owner of a goods vehicle (other than three and four-wheeler goods vehicles) is willing to deposit a sum of Rs.2,000/- with the police, a four-wheeler owner is willing to deposit a sum of Rs.1,000/- with the police,… Continue Reading...

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