Delhi HC Notice to IRCTC: Relax License Fee for Catering Units in East,West Zones

Swarna Shukla-

Published on: September 16, 2021 at 13:25 IST

The High Court of Delhi on 16th September 2021, Thursday issued a notice to Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on a proclamation seeking relaxation in License Fee granted to newly allotted catering units of the East and West Railway Zones during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Amit Bansal, refused the Interim Relief and will hear the matter on 22nd October.

In the appeal, it was asserted that the Tenderers (appellant herein) have been discriminated so far as East and West Railway Zones are concerned.

They claimed that differential behaviour is observed with the Tenderers who bid in the North and South Railway Zones.

Advocate Jayant K Mehta, appearing for appellant stated that such differential behaviour is violative of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. There cannot be any waiver of fundamental rights”, the Advocate argued.

Advocate Nikhil Majithia, appearing for the Respondent, in an advance notice submitted that the issue has become ineffective in views of a letter written to IRCTC by the appellant, wanting an exit from the contract.

“The same was granted to them. So, what remains now? They can’t hunt with the hounds and run with the hare also,” Majithia submitted.

At this point, Mehta explained that the mentioned exit pertains to only two stations, despite the fact that they were certified successful in ten units. Mehta claims that he still works in the other units and the problem still stays.

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