The Bombay high court on Tuesday expressed unhappiness over the delay on the part of the police to renew licences of Victoria horse carriage owners within the stipulated time as directed by the court.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Anoop Mohta noted that the authorities had to decide on renewal of licences by November 30.
“But now you are saying you want more time. Why are you not completing the process immediately," the court asked.
Assistant government pleader informed the court that the renewal is in progress and all the applications would be decided within eight weeks.
The court then extended the deadline till January 15 and directed that all the applications should be decided by then.
“Don't come and say on that day that you have started deciding on the applications and need more time,” the judges said.
The authorities, while deciding whether the licences have to be renewed or not, have to also give fitness certificates to the horses. As per the last order passed on November 4, those horse carriage owners who failed to renew their licences by November 30 would be prohibited from plying on the roads. The court has also in the meantime directed the state to file a status report by December 13.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Animals and Birds Charitable Trust seeking a ban on Victoria carriage rides on the grounds that it amounts to cruelty to animals by using them for giving joyrides.