The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday refused to stay the order passed by the UT administration of banning operations of Meru Cabs in the city.
The division bench of justice SK Mittal, on the request of the UT administration counsel Shekhar Verma, asked the administration to file a reply within four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing for February 5, 2015.
The petitioner, V-Link Automotive Services Private Limited that owns Meru Cabs, in December had approached the HC challenging December 11 order of the Chandigarh administration banning operations of Meru cabs. The petitioner had submitted that the firm was not issued any notice by the administration before passing an order of banning its operations. It also contended that the taxis of Meru cabs came with valid permits and could operate all over India.
On December 11, the state transport authority had banned the operations of Meru Cabs citing that cabs were being run without prior approval. The petition was heard on Monday as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).