New Delhi: Rickshaw-pullers of Delhi capital
have a reason to rejoice as the Supreme Court today refused to
curb the number of cycle rickshaws plying on roads of the
High Court that rickhshaws can ply on the roads of the city
without any curb on their numbers.
It said the restriction on number of rickshaws could be
applicable if the policy was made for other types of vehicles
"Do you have a policy to regulate other vehicles in
Delhi? If you have a cap on other types of vehicles, then we
will allow you to put a cap on the rickshaws," a Bench
comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.
The Bench dismissed the petition of Municipal Corporation
of Delhi challenging the February 10 verdict of the High Court
which had said the fundamental right of rickshaw-pullers to
earn livelihood cannot be violated.
The apex court said there is no reason to interfere with
the ruling of the three-judge bench of the High Court which
had quashed MCD`s decision not to allow more than 99,000
ricksaws to ply on the roads.
"The right of an individual or citizen to ply cycle
rickshaw or other forms of transport falls within the
legitimate exercise of his freedom guaranteed under the
Fundamental Rights of the Constitution," the High Court had
The High Court had held as arbitrary the limit of
99,000 licenses which can be issued by MCD. It had said there
is no objective material which can "remotely justify"
imposition of a cap.