New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday restrained anyone, including two taxi drivers’ unions, from interfering with the running of app-based cabs of Uber, whose services had been disrupted due the recent strike by drivers.
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Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, in an interim order, granted the relief to Uber which moved the court on Monday against two taxi drivers unions, Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD) and Rajdhani Tourist Drivers’ Union, accusing them of blocking cabs of drivers who had not joined the strike. The court also restrained the striking drivers’ unions from staging a dharna near Uber’s office and listed the matter for further hearing on 17 February.
It also issued notice to the two unions and sought their replies on Uber’s plea by the next date. The matter was mentioned in the morning by Uber before Justice S. Muralidhar, who allowed it to be listed later on Monday before the appropriate court. Uber, represented by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan and advocate Rajshekhar Rao, argued before Justice Endlaw that not only its business, but public safety, especially of women, was being affected by its drivers being blocked by the members of the striking unions.
Uber had claimed that not only were its vehicles being blocked, but the mobile devices installed therein were also being removed by the striking drivers. Hundreds of drivers were on an indefinite strike since 10 February in Delhi-NCR region to protest against the “low fares" and “lack" of basic amenities of app-based taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola.
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Welcoming the decision of the High Court, Uber in a statement has said the order would help its drivers “to get back behind the wheel, something many have been telling us they wish to do". “We are sorry that our service has been disrupted and for any inconvenience this has caused," a company spokesperson has said in the statement.