Luxury cars seized in Hyderabad on August 15th were released by RTA officials in one day without completing any procedure. Eleven cars were released in a single day on the grounds that there was a chance of damage if they were kept at the police station. This has led to criticism from the public that RTA officials are following different rules for the rich and poor.
According to the rules, the cars will be only released one week to ten days after the accused appears in court. These luxury cars that came on the road without paying registration tax were seized. RTA officials seized the cars from the drivers on their way to Shamshabad airport but handed them over to the owners within a day. The cars cost between Rs 3 crore and Rs 6 crore each. No registration tax or road tax was paid on these cars.
After the seizure, the owners approached the police saying that they were worried that the cars would be damaged if there were rats and bandicoots in the area and the government can not provide security for such costly cars. Officials say the cars were released after the owners promised in writing that they would pay the tax as well as a fine for the delay. But usually, if any vehicle is found violating the rules, the car is seized and taken to the nearest police station. They will not leave the vehicle even after all the taxes and fines have been paid. In some cases, however, the car will not be released even after ten days of the owner appearing in court.