Street vendors in NDMC-manned areas of the Capital have approached the Delhi high court against the civic authority's action of evicting them allegedly without providing an alternative site "in violation" of the court's earlier order.
Justice Manmohan Singh presiding over the vacation bench of the court has sought the response of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on a contempt petition moved by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI). Enforcement director of NDMC, commissioner of police, SHO of police stations of respective area have been directed them to file replies by June 27.
The court also directed the civic body and official concerned not to take any coercive action against the vendors till the next date of hearing under any pretext.
NASVI has sought strong action against the erring civic body and police officials. Lawyers Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sumit Singh appearing for the vendors submitted before the court that the street vendors have been evicted by the officials in contravention of the court's earlier order.
They said the vendors have also been harassed on a daily basis by NDMC officials who forced them to close their business by 7.30pm in violation of court order.
The civic body and the police, on June 21, evicted street vendors saying they were doing business after sunset, they said.
The court had earlier provided protection to street vendors of NDMC areas from any disturbance, harassment and dispossession by the civic body till they were provided an alternative site.