The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s policy of confiscating and scrapping unlicensed rickshaws, asking, “Why aren’t you prepared to scrap the cars by which drunk drivers commit accident?”
The tongue-lashing came as a bench of Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukopadhyaya dismissed the corporation’s appeal against a Delhi High Court order that disallowed confiscation and scrapping of unlicensed rickshaws.
The bench said: “You have not even prepared a law to put them (drunk drivers) behind bars.”
The court found no infirmity with the high court judgment that held rickshaws can ply on Delhi roads without any curb on their numbers. It observed orally: “They (the corporation) thought if they stop plying rickshaws, there would be more space for cars. We appreciate the mindset of the officers for framing such rules.”
The bench did not appreciate the fact that the Delhi government had allowed the corporation to frame such a policy. “Don’t you exercise supervisory control? How can you allow them to take such decision that is not palatable?” it asked the state government counsel.
When the advocate admitted the “weak” section of the society was being targeted and the high court verdict had set things in order, the bench told him: “Why do you leave it to the judiciary and burden us on such issues.”
The court added there was nothing wrong in the high court disbanding the R5 per day fine which the corporation was levying on rickshaw pullers for repeated violations.