The Bombay high court on Monday pulled up auto unions for threatening to go on strike and inconveniencing people.
More than 7.5 lakh auto drivers in the state are expected to go on a 72-hour strike, called by Mumbai Autorickshawmen’s Union leader Sharad Rao, on Wednesday.
A division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice SC Gupte asked the unions why they were resorting to such tactics instead of approaching the government or the court.
The court’s observation came while it was hearing a civil application on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, which sought criminal contempt action against the unions and directions from the court to call off the strike.
According to advocate Uday Warunjikar, the NGO said the unions were resorting to “pressure tactics”, even though the petition regarding the fare hike was pending before the court.
The petitioners also sought answers from the government on the alternative arrangements in place in case it takes place. The court adjourned the hearing till Tuesday.