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Authorised Agents cannot be restrained from entering RTO premises: HC
Quashing a ban, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay HC said authorised representatives of automobile dealers are permitted to enter RTO premises after completing certain formalities
 
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court, in line with an earlier verdict issued in 2002, quashed the ban on authorised agents from entering Regional Transport Office (RTO) premises and directed Maharashtra government not to restrain these agents. 
 
The decision came after transport commissioner Mahesh Zagade filed an affidavit in response to the petitions filed by as many as 45 authorised agents and their representatives. Zagade, in the affidavit stated that his circular did not mention anything about authorized representatives of automobile dealers and that the word "agent" was loosely used. The affidavit also states that the government would abide by all orders issued by the Court, including those issued on 6 June 2002, under which authorized representatives of automobile dealers were permitted to enter RTO premises after completing certain formalities, which includes presenting an authorization letter.
 
The petitions were filed by agents and their representatives in response to a circular issued by Zagade, which warned officials and clerks at various RTOs of strict action if any agent or tout was found on the premises. The circular even mentioned that officials or clerks may also be suspended on these grounds, and that the transport commissioner would conduct surprise visits and initiate disciplinary action if he found any agents inside RTO. Moreover, RTOs across Maharashtra were asked to give in writing that they had barred agents from entering their premises. 
 
The petitioners challenged this circular through senior counsel Chandrashekhar Kaptan, JB Gandhi and Tushar Mandlekar. One of the petitioners, Akola Shahar Truck Owners Association, stated that since they own several vehicles, they need to comply with procedures and rules under the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act for obtaining necessary documents from the transport department. As some petitioners own multiple vehicles, it is impossible for them to visit the RTO to obtain permission for each of their vehicles. If they had to personally complete all formalities, they would not be in a state to carry on their business. 
 
The petitioners also referred to an earlier Court verdict that was issued on 6 June 2012, according to which authorized representatives of such dealers were permitted to enter RTO premises after completing certain formalities. Hence, the Transport Commissioner's circular went against the Court order.  The division bench of justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Sunil Shukre disposed of all petitions after accepting the affidavit and his statement that the government would abide by the 2002 orders. 
 

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Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Under garb of authorized agents touts enter RTO premises and public is harassed on entering RTO premises,due to agents corruption grows manifold.In fact why one needs agents to get work done at government office.Corruption is routed thro' this route.

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Under garb of authorized agents touts enter RTO premises and public is harassed on entering RTO premises,due to agents corruption grows manifold.In fact why one needs agents to get work done at government office.Corruption is routed thro' this route.

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Under garb of authorized agents touts enter RTO premises and public is harassed on entering RTO premises,due to agents corruption grows manifold.In fact why one needs agents to get work done at government office.Corruption is routed thro' this route.

SBI to dilute 23 percent stake in SBI General Insurance
India's largest mortgage lender State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to lower its stakes in its general insurance joint venture to 51 percent and has decided to begin the process, the bank said on Thursday.
 
In a regulatory filing in BSE the bank said its executive committee of the central board (ECCB) on March 25 decided to initiate the necessary action as per the joint venture agreement for dilution of its stake in SBI General Insurance from 74 percent to 51 percent.
 
SBI said the other partner, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) of Australia would increase its holding in the general insurance company from 26 percent to 49 percent.
 
According to SBI, the process for diluting its holding in favour of IAG would begin as per the joint venture agreement which includes the appointment of valuer to estimate the enterprise value and the price discovery.
 
The bank's decision comes in the wake of Indian parliament passing amending the insurance laws to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) up to 49 percent subject to the condition that the management control remains with Indians.
 
Along with the stake change the insurer would most likely undergo a name change to signify the revised shareholding pattern.
 
SBI General is hoping to close this fiscal with a premium of Rs.1,600 crore and increase that by 50 percent next fiscal.
 
SBI also has a 74:26 life insurance joint venture with BNP Paribas Cardif called SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd.
 
However the bank has not said anything on possible changes in the shareholding pattern.

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Vindicated by CAG report, but continue to suffer: Khemka
Senior IAS officer of Haryana cadre Ashok Khemka on Thursday said his action of cancelling a multi-million-rupee land deal between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, with realty giant DLF, has been "vindicated" by a CAG report.
 
Khemka tweeted: "My action in VADRA-DLF land-license deal vindicated in CAG report, but continue to suffer the stigma of chargesheet."
 
Khemka, however, questioned the CAG report and said: "Many issues untouched in the CAG report. Cycle of corruption involved the triad - business, politics and bureaucracy."
 
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, tabled in the Haryana assembly on the last day of the budget session which ended on Wednesday, blamed Haryana's previous Congress government led by then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for showing undue favours to Vadra in his land deal with DLF.
 
Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre of land in Manesar, Gurgaon, to DLF in 2008 for Rs.58 crore. The land had, however, only cost his company around Rs.15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.
 
Vadra made a clear Rs.43 crore but did not share the profits with Haryana's town and country planning department.
 
The report said the "possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra's company) cannot be ruled out." It has also questioned the "distinction" made by the Hooda government for Vadra's company in giving permissions.
 
Khemka, who had ordered the scrapping of the land deal saying, that it was illegal, was transferred and served a chargesheet for his actions by the Hooda government, which gave Vadra a clean chit.
 
"Real culprits sit in judgment over me. My pain and suffering may help to detox and cleanse the body politic," he tweeted, without naming anyone.
 
With reference to the new BJP government in Haryana, Khemka questioned whether those involved in wrongdoings in land deals and looting public money would face any action.
 
"Black-marketing of licenses and permits to cronies is loot of public wealth. Will action be taken against the black-marketers?" he asked.
 
Khemka is the secretary and commissioner of Haryana's transport department.
 
The CAG has indicated that the Hooda government had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required. Some other companies being favoured also figured in the CAG report.
 
The controversy became a national issue with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his land deals in the National Capital Region and areas around Delhi.
 
Vadra had bought land in four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat in Haryana adjoining Delhi.
 
Alleging that Vadra's land deals caused loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer, Khemka marked a probe into all land deals of Vadra and his companies since 2005.

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SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

Ultimately, it must be understood, that there is NO law in India. I have personally seen High Court Judges uphold lawlessness and the Supreme Court confirm this. India is always about "who", never about "what". Khemka upheld the law. This make him a public enemy number one, not of Vadra, but of the Indian Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Crony Kleptocracy. As for Vadra. Right now he is in trouble because the BJP is in power. He will be out of trouble when his brother in law or sister in law or proxy in law, or he himself, is in power. Or, when the necessary tributes are paid to the Caesars involved.

LALIT SHAH

2 years ago

Dear khemka
Ab transperant government Aa gai hye fikker mat karo
10 lakh rupees suit ka donner vivad hone ke bad jugad ho gaya aur 4.31 crores me kharidne wala mil gaya

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