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Govt. stance sought on car race ban

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The Kerala High Court on Thursday sought the response of the State government to a writ petition seeking to ban the proposed motorcar race to be held on the roads of Kottayam from October 30 to November 3.

The petition was filed by Vivek Mathew Varkey of Kottayam. He also sought a directive to the Transport Commissioner, Kottayam District Collector, and the District Police Chief to cancel permission, if any, granted for the race.

Rule violation

According to the petitioner, the car race being organised in the guise of a car rally could not be allowed as it violated the provisions of the Kerala Public Ways (Restriction of Assemblies and Procession) Act, 2011 and the Motor Vehicles Act.

Tragedy in Rajasthan

He also pointed out that a similar race conducted in Rajasthan in September ended in an accident in which a man, his wife, and their son were killed.

The driver of the car was a national champion and an Arjuna awardee. He had gone underground since then and was yet to surrender.

Obstructing traffic

The petitioner said that the race would also obstruct vehicular traffic on public roads. Though he had given various representations seeking to ban the car race, there had been no response from the authorities.

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