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Used-car bazaar: MC violating HC order

Despite the Punjab & Haryana High Court directive requiring the municipal corporation to invite applications from all 60 car dealers before the Sunday used car bazaar in Sector 7 could be held, the civic body gave the go-ahead for the bazaar on two consecutive Sundays (May 18 and 25) after permitting only 43 dealers to operate there, which the court has condemned as discriminatory.

chandigarh Updated: May 26, 2014 13:53 IST
Hillary Victor

Despite the Punjab & Haryana High Court directive requiring the municipal corporation to invite applications from all 60 car dealers before the Sunday used car bazaar in Sector 7 could be held, the civic body gave the go-ahead for the bazaar on two consecutive Sundays (May 18 and 25) after permitting only 43 dealers to operate there, which the court has condemned as discriminatory.

In its May 6 order the court asked the MC to allot all 60 sites at the bazaar by auctioning them. It stated that, as an interim measure, till such time allotment of all sites is done by the way of auction to be operative from July 7, 2014, being Sunday, the MC should invite applications from all those interested for granting per mission to car ry on their business of sale and purchase of used cars on all Sundays till July 29. However, the court said the MC had allowed only 43 dealers to operate, leaving out the rest who had approached the court.

The court added that in case case the number of applications received exceeded those of available sites, the latter should be allotted by draw of lots.

MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said: “We plan to place advertisements on Monday for inviting applications for sites at the Sunday used car bazaar. I’ll also find out how only allowed 43 dealers were allowed to operate at the bazaar on May 18 and 25.”

Meanwhile, Gulshan Kumar, chief of the Car Bazaar Association, said: “We don’t know why he media appears to be only in favour of 17 car dealers and not trying to understand the plight of the other 43. We’re ready for an amicable solution.”

Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Rajeev Anand questioning the “discrimination”. He submitted, “As the other 43 dealers are paying Rs 2,500 per site per Sunday, the other 17 dealers should also be allowed to operate at the bazaar in the same manner rather than forcing them to participate in an open auction.”

Chandigarh Despite the Punjab & Haryana High Court directive requiring the municipal corporation to invite applications from all 60 car dealers before the Sunday used car bazaar in Sector 7 could be held, the civic body gave the go-ahead for the bazaar on two consecutive Sundays (May 18 and 25) after permitting only 43 dealers to operate there, which the court has condemned as discriminatory.

In its May 6 order the court asked the MC to allot all 60 sites at the bazaar by auctioning them. It stated that, as an interim measure, till such time allotment of all sites is done by the way of auction to be operative from July 7, 2014, being Sunday, the MC should invite applications from all those interested for granting per mission to car ry on their business of sale and purchase of used cars on all Sundays till July 29. However, the court said the MC had allowed only 43 dealers to operate, leaving out the rest who had approached the court.

The court added that in case case the number of applications received exceeded those of available sites, the latter should be allotted by draw of lots.