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Plea for shut down of app-based cabs: High Court


New Delhi: Delhi High Court today refused to provide any interim relief to an association of radio taxi operators on a plea seeking that non-licenced app-based cabs be taken off the road as well as their websites be shut down.

Justice Mukta Gupta refused to pass any interim order saying three PILs are already pending before a division bench of the high court and no conflicting orders should be passed.

The court tagged this petition with the three PILs which are listed for hearing on July 22.

The court also said that the transport department of the Delhi government was hearing representations of various parties on the issue of licence to operate and in the meantime, the association’s representation to the authority on the same subject could also be heard.

The Association of Radio Taxis has contended that the Delhi government had banned operation of all unlicensed app-based cabs in the national capital, but companies like Uber, Ola and others are continuing with “impunity”. It sought that the government be directed to enforce its own orders.

The association, which represents radio taxis like Mega Cabs, Easy Cabs and Meru Cabs, has sought that apart from taking the taxis of the unlicensed companies off the road, their websites be blocked and their CEOs, managing directors and other top officials be prosecuted and punished.

It has also pleaded for penal action against the owners and drivers of cabs which operate for companies like Uber and Ola.

The plea also wanted directions to the app-based cab companies to furnish a list of the taxis that run for them.

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