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Delhi HC asks gov't to 'strictly enforce' injunction that Ola cabs is violating

The Delhi high court on Wednesday slammed app-based cab service Ola for not complying with the ban imposed on it and asked the city government to “strictly enforce” the injunction.

Justice Manmohan, while refusing interim relief to Ola to vacate the stay, issued notice to the central and Delhi governments and traffic police and asked them to file their responses on the operator’s plea by October 5.

Ola’s parent ANI Technologies was listed to be represented by advocate Khalid Arshad, while Sonal Jain was to appear for the first respondent, the Delhi government.

The court directed the Delhi government and traffic police to enforce the ban order issued on January 1 on radio cab services not registered under the radio taxi scheme and running on diesel.

The court said the government’s ban order has been “violated with impunity”.

It said: “The court is of the prima facie view that the petitioner (Ola) thinks its vehicles don’t ply on the road, but fly in the air. This court is of the view that a ban has to be complied with till it is stayed or set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

On January 1, the Delhi government had banned the operation of app-based cab services till they complied with the guidelines of the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 which was amended on December 26, 2014.

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