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No two-wheeler Rapido, Uber bike-taxi in Delhi as Supreme Court stays HC permit order | Mint – Mint

Bike-taxis services from aggregators Rapido, Uber, in national capital Delhi will remain suspended for now after the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order. The Delhi High Court order permitted the aggregators to operate in Delhi and had asked Delhi government not to take an coercive action against them till a new policy was formulated. The Supreme Court today stayed the HC order thereby putting on hold the services of Uber and Rapido bike taxi services in Delhi. 
The Delhi High Court order had permitted the bike-taxi aggregators— Rapido, Uber— to operate in national capital Delhi, and had asked Delhi government not to take an coercive action against them till a new policy was formulated.
The chief minister Arvind Kejriwal led- AAP government had challenged in the Supreme Court the 26 May order of the Delhi High Court asking it not to take any coercive action against the bike-taxi aggregators ill the final policy was notified.
A vacation bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Rajesh Bindal granted liberty to the two aggregators to request urgent hearing of their plea by the Delhi High Court.
The Supreme Court on Monday heard two pleas filed by the Delhi government against the high court order permitting bike-taxi aggregators, Rapido and Uber, to operate in the national capital till notification of the final policy by the administration on plying of two-wheeler non-transport vehicles.
On  26 May, while issuing a notice to the Delhi government on Rapido’s plea challenging a law that excludes two-wheelers from being registered as transport vehicles, the high court directed that no coercive action should be taken against the bike-taxi aggregator till the final policy was notified.
The Supreme Court bench, which stayed the 26 May order of the High Court, also recorded the Delhi government counsel’s submission the final policy will be notified before July-end.
The high court, which listed Rapido’s plea on August 22 before the registrar for completion of pleading, said, “The counsel for the petitioners (Rapido) submits that policy is under active consideration.”
“Accordingly, we hereby stay the notice and make it clear that the stay shall operate till the final policy is notified. However, once the final policy is notified, if the petitioners are still aggrieved, they are at liberty to take steps before the appropriate forum,” the high court said.
In a public notice issued earlier this year, the government had cautioned bike-taxis against plying in Delhi and warned that violations would make aggregators liable for a fine of up to 1 lakh.
Rapido has also challenged a show-cause notice issued to it by the city government in that context, saying it is in violation of various fundamental and constitutional rights, and has been passed in violation of the principles of natural justice.
In a public notice issued earlier this year, the Delhi government had cautioned bike-taxis against plying in Delhi and warned that violations would make aggregators liable for a fine of up to 1 lakh.
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