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Kerala High Court initiates suo motu case on unauthorised use of State emblems, boards on vehicles

The Court emphasized that unauthorized use of emblems and name boards on vehicles creates a false impression of authority and leads to misuse of privilege.

The Court thus directed its registry to initiate suo motu proceedings after obtaining permission from the Acting Chief Justice, and to list the case before the Division Bench dealing with suo motu case under the Motor Vehicles Act including PILs on July 11, 2024.

The case would be titled ‘Writ Petition (Civil)’.

The Court also added that the case should include the Union of India, the State of Kerala and high-ranking officials from the Transport and Police departments as respondents.

In such circumstances, we deem it appropriate to direct Registry to initiate a suo motu proceedings on the above aspect, after obtaining orders from the Honourable the Acting Chief Justice, which shall be numbered as ‘Writ Petition (Civil)’, and listed before this Bench dealing with suo motu case under the Motor Vehicles Act including PILs, on 11.07.2024, in which the Union of India represented by the Secretary (Road, Transport and Highways), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi-110 001; the State of Kerala, represented by the Chief Secretary to Government; the Secretary to Government, Transport Department; the Transport Commissioner, Kerala; and the State Police Chief, Kerala shall be arrayed as respondents,” the order said.

Source: Barandbench

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