SC to hear plea on cab services

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

The Supreme Court on Thursday chose to put in place a regulatory regime for making public transport authorities, including app-based taxi services like Uber and Ola accountable for breach of women safety.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta agreed to examine the plea for setting up of a regulatory mechanism for internet-based service providers after it was alleged that some of the companies are foreign-based and were not willing to come within the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The court made the observations when senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is amicus curiae in the matter, pointed out that there have been many instances of crimes committed by drivers of these services. She informed the court that Uber had recently been banned in London. "These companies who run the app-based taxi services do not have company headquarters in India". They claim that they ban or suspend drivers from their platform depending on the seriousness of the offence committed, however, they can not necessarily be held accountable legally. Just the driver or also the company that provided his services?

Jaising cited the Nirbhaya gang-rape case of 2012 wherein a Delhi woman was brutally raped and murdered in a public transport bus and said that she will submit all the details to the bench following which the case will be heard.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by a law student Nipun Saxena and advocate Ankita Chaudhary expressing concern over the rising rate of crime, particularly rape incidents across the country.

Ms. Jaising further raised the question of victim protection, pointing out that many succumb to the pressure of the accused and turn hostile.

Jaising had earlier told the court that there was no uniformity in the disbursal of funds to the victims of sexual assault as in states like Goa, the amount was Rs 10 lakh while in some other states, it was only Rs one lakh.

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