HC orders closure of all 'dhabas' running without licence

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New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to stop adopting a dual policy and close down all 'dhabas' in the Capital which are running without licence within 30 days.

Justice S N Dhingra directed the Chairman MCD, DC of North zone, and health officials to close down all meat shops and illegal 'dhabas' on the roadside.

The court directed the MCD to take action against those officers who are taking bribe and allowing such shops to continue.

It also directed the MCD to submit the names of the officers concerned to the court.

Justice Dhingra observed that the MCD is adopting a dual policy in sealing the 'dhabas'.

Acting on a petition filed by one Rajive Tyagi of Mandoli village, the High Court demanded a reply from the MCD in this connection.

Mr Tyagi had said that his shop was singled out and closed down for want of licence, while other similar 'dhabas' were running without any licence.

The court had earlier on July 30 directed the MCD to file an affidavit stating whether action has been initiated against the other such 'dhabas', but it replied that challans have been served to them to initiate action.

The High Court observed that despite repeated orders, the MCD is not adopting a single policy to close down the shops running without licences.

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