The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued a notice to Commissioner/Secretary to Transport Department, Transport Commissioner and in-charge RTO Kashmir on a contempt petition over a fresh circular issued on June 10 this year on re-registration of the vehicles with outside numbers and levying token tax on them in the union territory.
According to report, a division bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sanjay Dhar issued the notice observing that the statement of facts, filed by the J&K Transport Department, do not reveal the provision under which the department can realize “tax again” on a motor vehicle on which a life time tax has already been paid in a different state.
In the contempt petition, the petitioner contended that the fresh circular issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Transport Department was against the “purport” of the High Court’s April 29 judgment by virtue of which RTO Kashmir’s order regarding re-registration of the vehicles from outside J&K was quashed.
Among others, that judgment provides that a vehicle once registered in any state of India, shall not be required to be registered elsewhere in the country.
However, it said, that a motor vehicle registered in one state and, if kept for a period exceeding 12 months in another state, shall apply to the Registering Authority of the new state/UT for the assignment of the new registration mark and once the life time tax has been levied and paid on a motor vehicle at the point of the registration of a vehicle, no further tax can be levied and demanded on the vehicle, on it being removed from one state to another.
Senior advocate Faisal Qadiri, who represented the petitioner said that despite the April 29 judgment and order, the Transport department was demanding 9% token tax from the owners of the vehicles, who have applied for assignment of new registration mark in the J&K even though their vehicles are duly registered outside J&K and have already paid life time tax on those vehicles.
Advocate Aman Ali, counsel appearing for the Transport Department, filed statement of facts.
While taking it on record, the court however observed that statement of facts falls short of indicating a provision under which the Transport Department can realize tax again on a motor vehicle on which a life time tax has already been paid in a different state.
“In view of the facts and circumstances, we direct for issuing notice to (Commissioner/Secretary to Transport Department, Transport Commissioner and in-charge RTO Kashmir ) in person, who may file their response within one month,” the court said and posted the contempt petition on August 24.
89 terrorists killed in J&K this year, over 200 still active, say security officials
Security forces have killed 89 terrorists, including seven Pakistani nationals, in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, top Army and police officials said on Saturday, maintaining that over 200 ultras are still active in the union territory.
“Out of these 89 terrorists, seven were FTs (foreign terrorists or Pakistanis). It (number) is lesser than the last year, but more top commanders were killed this year,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said.
He was addressing a joint press conference with GoC of Army’s 15 Corps Lt Gen D P Pandey and GoC of south Kashmir-based Victor Force Major Gen Rashim Bali.
To a question about the number of militants present in J&K, Lt Gen Pandey said about 200-225 ultras were active across the UT.
He, however, said there has been no successful infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) so far this year.
“There has been information about one or two infiltrations. We have launched operations, which are on to check or neutralise them (infiltrators). But, according to ground inputs, there has been no successful infiltration or intrusion in the 15 Corps zone in the Valley so far,” LT Gen Pandey said.
Asked about the operation in Shokbaba Sumlar-Aragam area of Bandipora in north Kashmir in which three militants were killed last week, the Army officer said out of the three ultras, two had travelled through proper visa route to Pakistan in 2017-18.
“This is a design to take youth from here, train them there (in Pakistan), and then send them back as terrorists. At least 40 youth have travelled on visa to Pakistan for studying purpose after being given proper certificates for visa, but they were sent back here as terrorists,” he said.
The GoC said those youth who return from there in the “right manner” will be welcomed, but those who come back with weapons will be neutralised.
The IGP said out of the 40 youth who had taken visa and travelled through the Wagah border route in Punjab to Pakistan, “27 came back with weapons and have been killed in encounters”.
“Rest are still across, a few of them are in touch with their families. We are keeping a watch,” he said.
Security forces on Saturday killed two Jiash-e-Mohammed militants, including a top Pakistani ultra belonging to the family of the group’s chief Masood Azhar and involved in the planning of the 2019 Pulwama attack, in an encounter in Pulwama district, police said.
Top JeM Pakistani terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter
In view of the Pulwama encounter that took place on Saturday morning, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar informed that the topmost Pakistani terrorist has been killed in the encounter.
Kumar said, “Topmost Pakistani terrorist affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Lamboo was killed in today’s encounter. Identification of the second terrorist is being ascertained.”
“Mohd Ismal Alvi alias Lamboo alias Adnan was from a family of Masood Azhar. He was involved in the conspiracy and planning of the Lethpora attack. He stayed with Adil Dar till the day of fidayeen attack, a viral video of Adil Dar had his voice in it”, said IGP Kashmir.
Kumar later congratulated the Indian Army and Awantipora Police for their support.
Earlier today, security forces gunned down two terrorists during an encounter here at Hangalmarg in the Dachigam forest area and recovered AK and M4 rifles from their possession, police said.
The joint operation, which was launched this morning, is still in progress.
“Operation Hangalmarg, #Pulwama. A Joint Operation was launched today morning at Hangalmarg in Dachigam forest, Pulwama based on Jammu and Kashmir Police inputs. Contact was established. Two #Terrorists eliminated. One AK and one M4 were recovered. Joint Operation in progress,” the Chinar Corps tweeted.
Further details are awaited.
Fish farm in Ganderbal damaged by cloudburst
A fish farm has sustained substantial loss due to a cloud burst in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, officials said on Saturday.
A private fish farm at Gutlibagh, in Ganderbal, was damaged due to the cloudburst and lost all fishes, they added.
However, there was no report of any loss of human life in the incident.
Meanwhile, the Private Fish Farm owners have appealed to the Government, especially Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production & Fisheries Department, and also Director Fisheries J&K to consider an Insurance scheme for private fish farms, to safeguard, against damages due to natural disasters, including floods.
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