In a PIL seeking mandatory production of identity card or address proof while purchasing the token for Delhi Metro, the Delhi High Court has asked the Petitioner to make a representation before the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation regarding the same.
While disposing of the petition, the Division Bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula has directed DMRC to dispose of the said representation within 4 weeks after taking inputs from Centre as well as the Delhi Government.
In the present PIL, the Petitioner had sought court's direction to the Respondents to a mandate that the travellers of Delhi Metro Rail should provide proof of their identities and addresses while purchasing Metro cards from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
The Petitioner had submitted that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation issues digital Metro cards or tokens (digital monies) to its customers, who in turn use it as travel coupons.
Therefore, it was argued that linking of Metro card and token with the address proof of the travellers would protect the right to property, in the event, the Metro card or token is lost.
It was further contended by the Petitioner that the wake of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is of utmost importance that the Respondents should be aware about the details of the passengers travelling by Delhi Metro as it would help in preventing a patient from travelling and would also help in tracing the affected travellers in case a patient had unwillingly travelled in Delhi Metro.
While going through the submissions made by the Petitioner, the court noticed that no representation has been regarding this issue before the concerned authority.
In light of this, the court disposed of the petition by giving liberty to the Petitioner to make a representation before DMRC.
The Petitioner in this case was represented by Mr Rohit Mahawar.
Mr Tarun Johri, on the other hand, appeared for the DMRC.
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