A report in Pune Mirror of January 29, revealed a picture of a Jaguar luxury sedan which was illegally parked on the pavement near Sambhaji Park on Pune’s J M Road. While this would have otherwise gone unnoticed, it was the car’s registration number MH 14 FF 0023 that drew attention as inquiries revealed that it was a fake number plate.
The matter is being probed while it has come to light that the number plate belongs to a Maruti Suzuki S-Cross which has been officially registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Pune.
This is a clear case of tax evasion by the owner who used a fake number for his Jaguar luxury sedan in a bid to fool both the RTO and police. Suresh K Nair, the owner of the S-Cross was shocked to learn about this fraud.
He had officially registered his S-Cross with the Pimpri-Chinchwad RTO and has all necessary papers and documentation as proof of the same. Nair, a businessman, who lives in Jainmalanagar in Old Sangvi had taken a bank loan a year ago to procure this S-Cross and lives with his wife and son. He owns just one car and has no financial means of purchasing such an expensive luxury vehicle.
It is obviously a case of some person trying to evade the exorbitant vehicle registration taxes on luxury cars in Maharashtra. Investigations are underway to try and track down the owner of the Jaguar plying on the road with a fake number plate following which action will be taken against the culprit under Motor Vehicle Act.