Cuttack, Jan 20: The Orissa High Court has called upon the state government to frame a policy to release seized vehicles to tackle the problem of congestion on the premises of police stations, excise and forest offices.
The vehicles seized by police, excise and forest departments are parked in open spaces for years that make congestion on their premises.
The court felt there is a need for amendment of mandates and some laws which constrain the authorities not to release seized vehicles.
The single judge bench of Justice SK Panigrahi on Tuesday directed the Transport Commissioner to explore the possibility of decongesting police stations, excise and forest offices in the state by relaxing rules, statutes and file an affidavit proposing some amendments relating to the issue, hearing a petition filed by Jitendra Kumal Digal.
“The state government will make serious endeavour to frame a policy on the aforementioned issue. Therefore, the vehicles can be released on some stringent terms and conditions in favour of the real owners,” Justice Panigrahi said.
“The Transport commissioner shall explore the possibility of framing a policy on this issue after consultation with the stakeholders so that wear and tear can be avoided and the perennial problem of crowding of vehicle in front of police stations, excise and forest offices lessened”, he added.
Petitioner Digal’s vehicle was parked in the open outside Phiringia police station in Phulbani district more than four years back since it was seized in connection with a case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The Judge directed for release of the petitioner’s seized vehicle from the Phiringia police station subject to several conditions including deposit of Rs 50,000 by way of a draft in favour of the registrar, civil courts within one month. The court fixed next hearing of the matter on February 7.