The essential service pass is provided to vehicles operating to distribute relief supplies around the masses. However, this Mahindra Scorpio of a Congress politician was caught using to smuggle liquor in the national capital.
“Driving and alcohol do not gel well” - The saying has been in existence since long and for the right reasons. One should not be consuming alcohol while on the steering wheel as it can be dangerous to you and for other road users as well. However, here’s an interesting case, where the owner of a Mahindra Scorpio has been booked for smuggling liquor using an essential service pass. The incident took place in the country’s capital while the car was entering New Delhi from the state of Haryana. Since the sale of liquor is banned at present, its smuggling through misuse of essential service pass is a sheer infringement of the law.
The Mahindra Scorpio, owned by a minister, was caught smuggling liquor from Haryana to Delhi using an essential service pass.
What's of an even greater interest here is this violation involves the Mahindra Scorpio belonging to Sravan Rao, the National Secretary of the Congress party. Interestingly, he is also the in-charge of Disaster Management committee of the party. True, this makes the act very highly disappointing. These political leaders are expected to set examples for the masses, but enjoying the liberty appears to be a new fashion gig for them. Therefore let’s just avoid them and talk cars here. Coming back to the Scorpio, it is a highly loved vehicle by politicians and influential people of the country.
The SUV is large enough to seat 7 or 8 occupants, depending upon the seating layout you opt for. Underpinned by a beefy ladder frame chassis, it is quite capable when the going gets tough. Mahindra has recently revealed the specs of BS-6-compliant Scorpio. However, the launch is still some time away from now. Powering the updated Scorpio will be a new version of the outgoing 2.2L mHawk turbocharged diesel engine. This oil burner boasts a peak power output of 140 BHP and a max. torque of 320 Nm. It will come mated to a 6-speed gearbox only, as the brand has discontinued the AT and AWD variants in the BS-6 era.
Sravan Rao is the National Secretary of the Congress party and can bee standing next to the Sonia Gandhi in the picture here.
Mahindra is currently working on the next-generation of the Scorpio, which is expected to debut early next year. The next-gen Scorpio will be an all-new car from the ground-up. It will feature an all-new chassis with new body shell. The crude-ness associated with the ongoing Scorpio is also expected to be replaced with a premium feel. However, there’s not much known about the next-gen Scorpio as of now but it will come with a set of 2.0L turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engine options. The cleaner petrol mill was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The carmaker has claimed that the 2.0 mStallion turbo-petrol motor will boast of a peak power output of 190PS and a peak torque of 380Nm.