The Delhi High Court on Monday restrained two taxi drivers’ unions from disrupting services of cabs run by Ola and Uber in the national capital region.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed the two unions — the Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD) and the Rajdhani Tourist Drivers’ Union — and anyone associated with them to restrain from blocking cabs of Ola and Uber.
The court also stopped the unions and their members or associates from removing or confiscating the mobile devices installed in the app-based cabs.
It also restrained them from staging any dharna or causing any commotion or violence within 500 metres of the offices of Ola and Uber in the city.
However, the court has not put a stop to the strike that may affect commuting in Delhi.
The court passed the order after the two app-based cab companies said that efforts to settle the dispute with the two unions by mediation have failed.
Uber also claimed that a pamphlet was being circulated by the taxi unions calling for a strike on Tuesday.
The lawyer appearing for SDAD contended that the pamphlet was not being circulated by its members or associates, as there are several other taxi unions operating in the national capital.
The court, earlier, had sent the companies and the unions to resolve the matter through mediation. It had also asked Delhi Police to ensure safety of the drivers working for the two companies.
In February, hundreds of drivers of Uber and Ola went on an indefinite strike in Delhi-NCR to protest against “low fares” and “lack of basic amenities” from the app-based cab companies.