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Relief for motorists: HC permits police to release seized vehicles

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday permitted jurisdictional police to release vehicles that were seized for violating lockdown norms, subject to payment of fines, within Bengaluru city limits.

Published: 01st May 2020 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st May 2020 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

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Karnataka High Court (File Photo| EPS)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday permitted jurisdictional police to release vehicles that were seized for violating lockdown norms, subject to payment of fines, within Bengaluru city limits.
In the interlocutory application filed seeking permission of the court, the state government pleaded that around 35,000 vehicles have been seized for violation of lockdown.

A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty said the seized vehicles should be released subject to fine of Rs 1,000 for four-wheelers and Rs 500 for two and three-wheelers. In addition, vehicle owners should execute a bond as required under Section 102(3) of CrPc. 
The cases registered against owners, however, will continue.  The state has to file similar application for permission to release vehicles in other cities.

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