A Jammu & Kashmir court on Friday sentenced a man to six months imprisonment for making illegal modifications including a high car siren to his Mahindra Thar vehicle in contravention of Section 52 of Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 (MV Act).
The court gave Adil Farooq Bhat the benefit of probation under the Probation of Offenders Act while subjecting to him executing a bond to the tune of ₹2 lakh for keeping peace and good behavior for a period of two years.
The violator pleaded guilty for modifying/altering the vehicle in question from its original condition, as specified in the registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle.
The judgment reads, “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.”
In case of any violation by the violator during these two years, he shall receive the proposed sentence.
Additional Special Mobile Magistrate (Traffic), Srinagar Shabir Ahmad Malik directed the 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 court added that 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 has also directed to record the entire incident and the same shall be submitted before the court.
The Court has also directed the Additional Director General of Police, Traffic (J&K) to take strict action against those who have made any illegal modifications.
The Court stated, “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.”
“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 added.