The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered an autorickshaw union to file an affidavit stating the reason behind their strike on June 17.
The union had gone on strike against the government’s decision of scrapping a one-man committee that had recommended auto and taxi fare hike.
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Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, a consumer body and the petitioner, had earlier opposed the one-man Hakim Committee. Their advocate Uday Warunjikar told the court that on August 2013, the HC had observed that taxi and auto unions should not threaten strikes time and again. Warunjikar said that by going on strike again, the union had committed contempt of the court’s order. The high court directed the union to file its affidavit by June 23.
The court also sought an affidavit from the Maharashtra government on whether the hike in auto and taxi fares, according to an earlier decision, can take place after a new resolution is issued for setting up a fresh mechanism for deciding fares.