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FIR against Ola, Uber: Court declines to entertain plea

A Delhi court on Friday declined to entertain an NGO’s plea seeking registration of FIR against app-based cab service providers, including Ola and Uber, for allegedly not adhering to rules to raise fares on the basis of meters fitted in the vehicles.

The complainant did not press for the application and preferred to withdraw it after which Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra treated it “dismissed as withdrawn” and held that the offences alleged in the plea under the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act were “non-cognizable”.

The court, however, allowed complainant NGO, which claimed that Ola, Uber and ‘Taxi for Sure’ were also allegedly violating permit conditions by running vehicles on diesel and providing point-to-point service in Delhi, to lead evidence in support of the complaint under Section 200, CrPC.

“The present complaint under Section 156(3) CrPC is filed against the accused alleging the offence under section 93 of MV Act and Sections 66/192A of MV Act which are non-cognizable offence in nature. Accordingly, complainants are not pressing their application under Section 156(3) CrPC and prayed that the complaint be treated as complaint under Section 200 CrPC. It seeks time to lead evidence under Section 200 CrPC.
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