Odd-even policy: Fresh plea in Delhi HC against odd-even scheme

In his plea, Khosla claimed the government did not have the jurisdiction to implement such a policy as it “amounted to amendment of the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act”.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | Delhi | Published: January 6, 2016 3:39:54 am
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A fresh plea was filed in the Delhi High Court Tuesday seeking exemption for lawyers from the odd-even policy. HC bar association president Rajiv Khosla filed the plea, which is likely to be heard Wednesday along with a batch of similar petitions.

In his plea, Khosla claimed the government did not have the jurisdiction to implement such a policy as it “amounted to amendment of the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act”.

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The plea stated that the Rs 2,000 fine imposed for violating the formula was “illegal” as “the state government did not have the power, authority and jurisdiction to… fix (such) a fine without there being a amendment to the MV Act by a competent legislative forum”.

Khosla also said that the exemptions granted to two-wheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles was an “utter disregard of the right to equality”. He added that instead of restrictions on cars, the government could have implemented various other pending policies to reduce pollution, including restricting movement of transport vehicles by creating transport nagars/godowns in the outskirts of the city.

The HC has so far refused to pass any orders on the PILs. The government is also expected to submit data on traffic and pollution levels Wednesday, which the court had asked to determine the usefulness of the policy.

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