AAP tells Delhi HC: Lawyers can be exempted from next odd-even scheme
The AAP government today informed the Delhi High Court that it will consider exempting lawyers from odd-even scheme if it comes into force again.
New Delhi : Lawyers in the capital will not be exempted from the ongoing phase of the odd-even scheme with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government today informing Delhi High Court that it will consider the issue if the scheme comes into force again.
The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government whether there was any possibility of exempting advocates for the remaining period of the ongoing second phase of the odd-even scheme which would continue till 30 April.
The government assured a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath that if the odd-even scheme will come again after the ongoing phase would be over on April 30, it would consider the issue of whether to exempt lawyers from it.
"Next time if it (odd-even scheme) happens, we will give an appropriate consideration. If the petitioner will take up the issue again, we will consider it positively," Delhi government senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra told the bench.
The bench however observed, "This is a fact that many sections of people are facing inconvenience (due to odd-even scheme). Even the Parliamentarians are now facing inconvenience."
After Mehra told the bench that government would consider the issue if the odd-even scheme is implemented again, the petitioner, advocate Rajiv Khosla, agreed to it.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Khosla who had sought exemption for lawyers from the odd-even scheme and also against imposition of Rs 2,000 as fine for violation without proper amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act.
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