Deccan Chronicle

DIWAKAR TRAVELS’ VEHICLES IN TS: HC QUESTIONS STATE

- VUJJINI VAMSHIDHAR | DC

The Telangana High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Telangana state government after a petition alleged that the state transport officials were allowing the plying of vehicles belonging to Diwakar Travels and some other agencies in the state “though these are designated ‘scrap’.” Diwakar Travels belongs to Andhra Pradesh Telugu Desam leader J.C. Prabhakar Reddy.

Justice C.V. Bhaskar Reddy issued notices to the Telangana state government and its transport authoritie­s, apart from Prabhakar Reddy and the Central Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI).

The judge was dealing with a petition filed by AP’S Tadipatri MLA Kethireddy Pedda Reddy of the YSRC, who sought a direction from the High Court for a Central Bureau of Investigat­ion inquiry to find out why the Telangana state government was allowing scrap vehicles of Diwakar Travels to ply in the state. Pedda Reddy submitted that Prabhakar Reddy, brother of former minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy, had purchased BS III vehicles as scrap and registered them as BS IV vehicles by “forging and fabricatin­g” the documents and was operating them in Telangana. BS refers to Bharat Standard with regard to the emission of vehicles.

The MLA also submitted before the court that Prabhakar Reddy’s travels firm cannot run its vehicles in Telangana even assuming that they are BS Ivcomplian­t.

“In AP, cases were registered against Prabhakar Reddy and an inquiry is going on. However, in Telangana, no action was taken against his traves firm yet and the authoritie­s are allowing the vehicles to ply freely on the roads,” he added.

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