When there is no cap on number of motorised vehicles, equally there can be no cap on number of rickshaws plying in Delhi, held the Supreme Court.
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had frozen the number of rickshaws at 89,000 and refused to give fresh licences thus making the remaining 4.91 lakh rickshaw pullers potential violators of law attracting penalty ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 50 a day.
Sidelining the poor
The apex court while upholding the Delhi High Court verdict quashing such a ceiling, graphically called the MCD move an attempt to elbow out the poor and make room for the rich man’s car.
The court pointedly asked if the Government would impound the licence of a drunken driver who mows down people and put him behind bars instead of depriving a poor man of his legitimate livelihood.