App-based cab service providers, including Ola and Uber, were today summoned as accused by a Delhi court for allegedly running taxis in the city without
Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra said a prima facie case of permit violation was made out against the firms for allegedly charging excess
The court summoned ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd, which runs Ola, Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd and Serendipity Infolabs Pvt Ltd, which runs Taxi For Sure, and directed their authorised representatives to appear before it on December 11.
The court's order came on NGO Nyayabhoomi's plea, filed through advocate Sumit Kumar, seeking prosecution of the three firms under various provisions of the MV Act.
"The firms are acting as an aggregator who are deciding the drivers, customer allocation, fares, SOS protocols and other administrative issues. It is alleged that no
"Accordingly, prima facie ingredients of section 193 (Punishment of agents and canvassers without proper authority) of MV Act are attracted against all the three firms," it said.
The court noted that the complainant NGO through its secretary Rakesh Agarwal, has also placed on record documents claiming that the firms were
The Delhi High Court, in its August 11, 2016 order in which the firms were also parties, had directed that after August 22, 2016, taxi aggregators/ operators shall not charge
The magistrate said "prima facie it is clear that excess fares have been charged by the companies in violation of MV Act, June 20, 2013 notification as well as CTS scheme.
Accordingly, prima facie case for
It was alleged in the complaint that as per CTS rules, the drivers of taxis shall have PSV badge and all the taxis shall have an electronic digital fare meter on the front panel.
It was also alleged that none of these firms are ensuring that the drivers are having PSV badges and the digital fare meter is not working and the fare is calculated through App.
The plea claimed that during the transit, the customer is not able to check/ ascertain the
The court had earlier recorded pre-summoning evidence advanced by the complainant in support of the plea, which had also sought summoning of the three firms as accused.
The NGO had also sought recovery of a whopping Rs 91,000 crore from cab service providers for allegedly not adhering to rules relating to fares and not operating by meters.
The court, however, had treated "dismissed as withdrawn" an application filed by the same NGO seeking lodging of FIR against the three
It had allowed the complainant to lead evidence in support of the complaint under the CrPC that these three cab companies