The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 15.06.2020 passed an order that the registration and sale of Bharat Stage-IV vehicles are now not permitted. Earlier by order dated 27.03.2020 Supreme Court allowed the sale of 10% of unsold BS-IV vehicles amidst the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The Bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and S. Abdul Nazeer while hearing the Writ Petition in M.C. Mehta vs. Union of India vide video conferencing noted that after lifting of lockdown on 03.05.2020 when the sales took place in accordance to order dated 27.03.2020, no registration could have been made without informing the Supreme Court as to how many vehicles have been sold throughout India. Further, they opined that the order was misused by the Respondents as they did not submit an affidavit in compliance with the Court’s order.
According to the said order, the registration of the vehicle which was to be sold out of 10% cannot be made without the permission of the Supreme Court and without giving particulars prescribed in the order. The Hon’ble Court also said that it would be further injurious and added burden on human health by pollution from BS-IV vehicles when BS-IV vehicles are supposed to be produced by manufactures well in advance, considering the deadline of 31.03.2020.
The Court directed the Advocate Solicitor General Mr. A.N.S. Nadkarni to collect the details from all the RTOs across India and furnish details of how many vehicles of BS-IV category are sold and registered after the lifting of the lockdown. The Hon’ble Court clarified that now no registration and sale of the BS-IV vehicles are permitted, the matter is listed on 19.06.2020.