The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday initiated contempt proceedings against the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL) for allegedly concealing Delhi High Court orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court that has restrained the concessionaire from collecting toll on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.
The civic body accused the DGSCL of disobeying two orders of the Delhi High Court calling for status quo with regard to toll collection by the concessionaire on behalf of the SDMC for commercial vehicles entering the Capital from Gurgaon.
Justice Rajiv Shakder issued notice to the DGSCL asking it to respond by September 27, the next date of hearing.
Under a May 2008 arrangement, the DGSCL was to collect toll at the Rajokri border on behalf of the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi and in return the body was to pay 11% of the tax collection to the DGSCL as service charge.
The Delhi High Court’s status quo order passed on April 25 and July 4, 2011, were to remain in force till the dispute about the service tax to be paid to the DGSCL was settled.
The SDMC accused the DGSCL of willfully disobeying the Delhi court’s order mandating the maintenance of status quo in regard to collection of toll tax from commercial vehicles entering Delhi from Gurgaon using the expressway.
Appearing on behalf of the civic body, advocate Gaurang Kanth contended that the daily toll collection at the Rajokri border was approximately R18 lakh and the SDMC was suffering an irreparable loss.
Alleging that the DGSCL obtained the Punjab and Haryana High Court order in a collusive manner, the SDMC pointed out that the civic body was not made a party before the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the DGSCL did not apprise the court of the status quo order passed by the Delhi High Court.
Taking exception to the failure to decongest the 32-lane toll plaza near Ambience Mall, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Tuesday barred the DGSCL from collecting any charges from motorists for 15 days.
The order covers the five-lane toll plaza leading to Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport and the 16-lane toll gate at Kherki Daula, 18km after the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza, as well.