RTO arrested in stolen vehicle registration case

Gangtok, 23 Dec:

Sikkim Police has arrested senior Regional Transport Officer (East) of the Transport Department, Government of Sikkim, for his alleged involvement in a stolen vehicle registration case.

RTO, Prem Vijay Basnet, was arrested today at Gangtok for allegedly processing registration of stolen vehicles brought to Sikkim from outside. Police has found that the registration papers of these stolen vehicles were signed by the RTO who also allegedly did not follow the required rules and procedures while registering the vehicles.

According to sources, Mr Basnett has been arrested and is under police custody and the case in under investigation. Sources have said that the Police have seized three vehicles which were stolen vehicles and brought in to Sikkim from other states of the country.

If sources are to be believed there are many stolen vehicles in the state which are being investigated by the police. Most of the stolen vehicles are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and there could be an inter-state gang involved in these crimes, say sources.

It is learnt, that the police had arrested one person in a car theft case two months ago, however, he was released on bail so the police could not take the investigation further.

Since the RTO is the main authority in charge of registration of any vehicle brought from outside the state, he

Prem Vijay Basnett will be produced before the court on Tuesday for police remand for further investigation, sources said.