In a move that could raise many eyebrows, Transport Minister Aryadan Muhammed has directed the Transport Department to stop inquiry into the BMW case. The Minister directed the officials to stop further proceedings in the order issued by Transport Commissioner Rishiraj Singh.
The Transport Commissioner had suggested for a detailed probe by the Internal Vigilance team into the alleged cheating in the sale of BMW car to a businessman in Kochi.
The minister has ordered to stop further proceedings in the issue for the time being as the matter is pending before various courts. On the basis of the order, the MVD directed the Deputy Transport Commissioner, central zone, Ernakulam, to stop the inquiry until further orders. He passed the order after considering a complaint filed by the BMW car dealer, Platino Classic Motors (India) at Kochi. The company in its complaint stated that Venkateswara Prabhu of Kochi had used the BMW car for quite some time and the repairs came in between were done free of cost under warranty.
“After a period, he unjustifiably demanded for a brand new car and a dispute arose. Prabhu filed complaints, one after the other, before all authorities. He approached the Kerala High Court in the matter without success. He had also filed a private complaint before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court and a police investigation is pending,” it pointed out.
Minister Aryadan Muhammed told ‘Express’ that he was not aware of any such an order. “Every day, several files come to my table and I pass orders for most of them. If needed I will have to check the files of the case concerned,” he said.
“The order protects the interest of the car dealer. It is clear from his order that the dealer requested the minister on November 11, 2013; and the same date he issued the order without any enquiry. In the request, the dealer claims that I am blackmailing to extort money from them. It is not true. The MVD itself has found that the dealer had forged the document and the department has to take action against the dealer. Here, it is clear that the Transport Minister supported the dealer knowing that the dealer cheated lot of persons,” Venkiteswaraprabhu, the complainant, said.
He reportedly bought a BMW X3 SUV from Platino Classic Motors, Ernakulam, in June 2012 on assurance that it was a new vehicle. According to Prabhu, it was found that the vehicle was manufactured in 2011 and had manufacturing defects.
When contacted an official of the Platino Classic Motors, he confirmed that the minister passed the order following a complaint from the company. “There were around five cases in several courts regarding the issue. Hence the minister passed the order,” he added.
In the complaint, the dealer said that Prabhu had filed a consumer complaint before the Kerala State Consumer Redressal Commission claiming for a brand new car and a huge amount as compensation. Besides, When the cases are pending, Prabhu had filed a complaint before the Transport Commissioner requesting for the cancellation of Trade Certificate. The Transport Commissioner realised that there was no need to cancel the trade certificate. Unfortunately, the Commissioner ordered a probe against all vehicles sold and supplied by the dealer instead of closing the complaint by Prabhu,the dealer says in complaint.