Supreme Court slams Volkswagen for installing cheat devices

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Skoda Volkswagen (VW) India Pvt Ltd why shouldn’t the trial against it go on following an FIR registered in Uttar Pradesh over alleged ‘cheat devices’ installed in its cars to report lesser emissions.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the German car-maker, submitted that in March 2019, a penalty was imposed on VW by the National Green Tribunal, which was stayed by the top court.

To this, Chief Justice S.A. Bobde replied: “I know, I was party to that order. But what that has to do with criminal prosecution?”

Singhvi then said that in the case now, the vehicle was bought in 2018, and for nearly two and a half years, there were no complaints. “While the NGT matter was pending, this FIR was lodged.. where the allegations are the same as the application before the NGT,” he argued.

However, the Chief Justice asked: “But, why should the trial not go on? The NGT will not determine the correctness of your action.”

After a detailed hearing in the matter, the top court reserved the order on quashing of the FIR against VW.

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