Delhi traders get Diwali gift from SC

New Delhi, Sept 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Providing much respite to traders on the festive occasions of Dusshera, Ramzan and Diwali, the Supreme Court on Friday decided to stop sealing shops in Delhis residential areas till October 31. The court also granted exemptions to commercial establishments on 2,183 roads in the Capital.

The court, however, maintained that the two Delhi Government directives regarding evictions will stay till a final order. It also allowed 22 categories of shops such as grocery shops, cyber cafes and ATMs to continue in residential areas. But more than 50,000 traders who had assured the court that they would shut or shift would have to do so after October 31.

The court also asked the Delhi government not to issue any new notification without the prior court approval. It also clarified that sealing would continue in areas not covered by the notifications.

We direct that the said premises may not be sealed pending decision of these petitions on undertaking being filed before the Monitoring Committte on or before November 10, that the misusers shall be stopped as per the courts directions if the act is invalidated and/ or the notification is quashed.