Suspended AAP MLA accuses Delhi govt of ‘favouring’ radio cab


Accusing the Delhi government of “working in favour” of radio cab companies, suspended AAP MLA Devinder Sehrawat on Tuesday alleged the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation was not implementing a high court order prohibiting taxi operators from charging passengers more than notified rates.

Sehrawat claimed that radio cab operators have earned over Rs 9,239 crore due to surge pricing and it should be refunded to the consumers. A complaint with the National Consumer Commission has also been filed regarding this matter, he said.

Clamping down on surge pricing by app-based cab service providers, the Delhi High Court had set August 22 as the deadline after which taxi operators cannot charge passengers more than the government-fixed rates.

“The Delhi government is not implementing the high court order to benefit the radio cab companies,” Sehrawat alleged.

The Bijwasan MLA said collection of even a single paisa more than the fares notified by the state government is illegal under Section 67 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998. He also demanded that penalty be imposed on radio cab companies.

AAP had on 12 September suspended Sehrawat from the primary membership of the party after he accused party men in Punjab of “exploiting women” in return for tickets. The action against Sehrawat came after he also made direct attacks on Kejriwal.

(With PTI inputs)