No immunity to Uber, Ola for violating law: Delhi govt
Uber on the other hand contended before Justice Manmohan that several of their cabs were challaned or confiscated merely because they did not have caliberated meters and alleged that the action was being taken by the government at the behest of some of its competitors to “end our business”.
The court, however, did not issue any interim direction on Uber’s application seeking quashing of the challans of its cabs and restraining the government from taking any coercive steps against it.
The court instead issued notice to the government and sought its response by September 6 on Uber’s plea. It also told Delhi government lawyers that since everyone cooperating and a panel was working on devising a policy, the transport department be asked to wait till the committee comes out with its report.
“If you (government) have waited so long, wait for some more time till the committee comes with a solution in its report,” the court said. It, however, added that if there was any violation of the undertaking given by the app-based cab aggregators on surge-pricing, then action has to be taken.
Thereafter, senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra and additional standing counsel Naushad Ahmed told the court the message would be conveyed to the department.
The lawyers, however, said the companies cannot enjoy “blanket immunity” from action.