Decide on pleas against odd-even scheme by November 5, HC tells Delhi govt

The petitioner said a representation was made before the Chief Secretary but nothing was done.

The Delhi High Court on November 1 asked the Delhi government to consider as a representation a bunch of petitions challenging the odd-even road rationing scheme that will take place between November 4 and 15.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar disposed of multiple petitions while asking the government to decide on their pleas as per law on or before November 5.

One of the petitions has sought quashing of the decision to implement the odd-even scheme in Delhi on the ground that granting exemption to women drivers is a violation of the fundamental right to equality.

The plea said, “The State, that is, the sole respondent herein, in implementing the said scheme and enforcing it on the residents of Delhi is denying equality before law on the ground of sex and therefore the said scheme warrants it to be struck down by this court as it is clearly in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution”.

It also sought direction to the Delhi government to set up a committee comprising senior bureaucrats and members of the Bar to conduct a study on the viability of the odd-even scheme and any alternative arrangement that did not violate any fundamental right and also filled the void that the scheme failed to take into account.

The petitioner said a representation was made before the Chief Secretary but nothing was done.

It said the rationale given by the government for exempting women was “vague, mischievous and misconceived and the scheme is being enforced only to gain political mileage”.

Another petition had raised questions over the scheme that had not granted exemption to CNG vehicles to ply on the road. The petitioners have also said that the two-wheeler vehicles, which were causing the maximum pollution, had been exempted.

One of the petitioners has argued that the scheme was arbitrary and illogical. It said that it was implemented solely for vote bank politics by spending crores of rupees in advertisement and promotion in the guise of curbing pollution.

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