Govt But To Determine On Dept Plea To Probe Luxurious Automobile Registration Rip-off | Bengaluru Information

Bengaluru: Months after investigations revealed that registration of luxurious vehicles in Bengaluru Central RTO (HSR Structure) was riddled with irregularities depriving the state exchequer of crores of rupees in highway tax, the state authorities is but to find out the extent of the rip-off in different RTOs.
Within the Bengaluru Central RTO case, officers checked data of seven,387 high-end automobiles registered there between April 1, 2015 and November 30, 2021 and located evasion in 500 instances. The rip-off includes not paying highway tax, issuing pretend challans or undervaluing the car with official connivance.
Transport minister B Sriramulu informed the meeting in March this yr {that a} CID probe might be initiated into the rip-off however nothing has occurred to date. Whereas the transport minister was unavailable for remark, THM Kumar, who took cost because the transport commissioner in June, stated: “We now have submitted a report back to the federal government recommending CID or Lokayukta probe into the irregularities. We are actually awaiting instructions from the federal government to take this ahead.”
The transport commissioner conceded that the rip-off may have occurred not solely in a single or two RTOs and will have been occurring in different RTOs through the years.
“The division has a extreme employees scarcity and is working with round 30% staff. In Bengaluru alone, we’ve got 11 RTOs, therefore car registrations through the years should be verified with the state-treasury accounts so a correct audit group is required. There are allegations that some transport staff are additionally concerned on this. So we needed to return clear out of these allegations and a third-party investigation is required.”
Highest highway tax
Karnataka collects one of many highest highway taxes within the nation. For example, the registration charge for a car costing Rs 1 crore is 20% of the ex-showroom value — about Rs 20 lakh. Whereas Bengaluru alone has greater than 1 crore automobiles, the transport division has no report of luxurious automobiles.
Faux challans
Some officers reportedly colluded with luxurious automobile sellers and generated pretend challans utilizing loopholes in Vahan-3 portal. RTO companies have now migrated to Vahan-4 portal. In response to sources, Rajender Kumar Kataria, principal secretary within the transport division throughout 2021-22, had constituted a committee however its mandate, nevertheless, was to solely examine the rip-off in Bengaluru Central RTO. Sources stated Kataria additionally submitted the report back to the CM underlining the necessity for an in depth investigation by an unbiased physique throughout RTOs however that continues to be on paper.

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