Street vendors should not be harassed: Delhi High Court

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on September 09, 2016


Plea to reinstate ‘illegally evicted’

No street vendor should be harassed or evicted from the city roads during an ongoing drive being carried out by civic bodies here, without following the due process of law, Delhi High Court said today.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought replies from the Lt Governor, Delhi government, Delhi police commissioner, New Delhi Municipal Council and civic bodies here on a plea alleging “unlawful and arbitrary action” against hawkers by authorities concerned.

Plea against civic drive

The court, which fixed the matter for September 28, said the authorities should not evict, disturb or harass any street vendor in the city.

The court was hearing a plea by Congress leader Ajay Maken, seeking a direction to the authorities that as per Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, no street vendor in Delhi shall be disturbed or evicted till the completion of survey of the existing vendors and issuance of Certificate of Vending (COV), as per a scheme of the Delhi government.

Senior advocate Rakesh Khanna and advocate Aman Panwar, appearing for Maken, urged the court that “till the formation of the Town Vending Committee (TVC), no action shall be taken against the vendors or hawkers operating here.”

The plea alleged that despite unambiguous provisions of the Act and clear directions of this court, authorities have “proceeded to illegally evict over 500 street vendors” on August 17.

“The civic bodies have neglected Section 3.3 of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, which states that no street vendor shall be evicted or relocated till a survey has been completed and the certificate of vending is issued to all vendors,” it said.

Recently, the high court had stayed enforcement of the AAP government’s amended rules and scheme for regulating street-vending activities in Delhi and protecting the rights of urban street vendors.

The petitioner also sought direction to the police and the civic bodies to reinstate the vendors recently “illegally evicted” from various parts of Delhi.

He urged the court to issue a direction to the LG to ensure compliance of the Street Vendors Act.

Published on September 09, 2016
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