The Delhi high court on Thursday observed that Rs 10 crore that was levied by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) from passengers commuting between Delhi and national capital regions since 2005 was ‘prima facie’ illegal.
The bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the R1 to R2 additional charge per ticket from passengers travelling to and from Delhi to Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon. The PIL said the charge had been imposed without the due approval of the competent authority — the lieutenant governor.
The bench had on July 13 sought a response from the DTC. The lawyer for DTC admitted before the court that the permission of the LG had not been taken but argued that it was only necessary when a fair hike is brought about.
But justice Khanna made it clear to the DTC that : "We feel that even in case of imposition of surcharge, the approval of the LG may be required as that also results in increase of ticket charge for each passenger."
The court asked the DTC to take further instructions on it and return to court on September 7, the next date of hearing.