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Delhi HC relief for app-based taxis

New Delhi, June 11: Delhi High Court today set aside the city government's orders rejecting the applications of two app-based cab services for permission to ply in the capital, saying the reason for not granting licence was "not valid".

The court said if Apra Cabs (also known as Ola) and Serendipity Infolabs (Taxi for Sure) need to satisfy any other requirements, fresh communications should be sent to them. "No one is stopping you (the government) from taking a fresh decision," it said.

Justice S. Muralidhar said the only reason given by the transport department while rejecting the applications was the two companies had to give sworn affidavits saying they were complying with the December 8 ban on such app-based cabs following a passenger's rape by a Uber cabbie last year. The court said the March 24 and April 17 orders to Apra and Serendipity did not have this condition.

It also "invalidated" coercive actions like issuance of challans against drivers of app-based cabs. In Delhi, only cars with a Public Service Vehicle badge are allowed to ply as taxis using CNG. Aggregator applications have no such conditions and have continued to operate despite the ban.

"We applaud the decision to end the impounding of vehicles plying on aggregator platforms. Uber remains committed to protecting the livelihood of drivers and providing safe... transportation," Uber GM Gagan Bhatia said. The government had not responded till late tonight.


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