The Gujarat High Court on Thursday pulled up the Ahmedabad Municipal Company (AMC) for its current drive towards meals stalls promoting non-vegetarian meals within the metropolis, because it warned it that such actions shouldn’t be carried to “fulfill the egos” of some folks. The civic physique, nevertheless, mentioned that solely eateries which have encroached on public land confronted motion.
“As we speak somebody has a nightmare and tomorrow morning you may cease folks from promoting every little thing. Do not do it below a drive to fulfill the egos of some folks,” the only choose bench mentioned.
Justice Biren Vaishnav made the feedback whereas listening to a plea by 25 avenue distributors whose carts had been seized by the Company just lately. The distributors included these promoting non-veg meals, eggs in addition to greens.
The court docket additionally cautioned the civic physique that such actions shouldn’t be carried below political strain.
“…as a result of the social gathering in energy says you do not wish to eat eggs, you wish to cease them, you may choose them up and take them away? Why are you doing that?,” the only choose bench mentioned.
The civic physique, nevertheless, mentioned that the drive was not towards eateries promoting non-vegetarian meals however was aimed to take away unlawful retailers on roads that have been inflicting “hindrance to public and visitors, or absolute blockage of pedestrians”.
“Petition filed below false impression as a result of there isn’t a drive to take away all non-vegetarian carts. I have taken directions. I am saying that encroachment on roads, which is hindrance to public and visitors, or absolute blockage of pedestrians,” the lawyer representing the civic physique mentioned.
To this Justice Vaishnav replied,” If there are encroachments, they should be given up. Welcome performing on encroachments. It’s your energy. However do not simply confiscate as a result of as we speak morning somebody says I don’t desire one thing”.
At one level, Justice Vaishnav bought agitated and requested the AMC “What is your drawback? How will you determine what I ought to eat exterior my home? How will you cease folks from consuming what they need? All of the sudden as a result of somebody in energy thinks that that is what they wish to do?”
“If I have change into sentimental, I withdraw it. Welcome performing on encroachments. It’s your energy. However do not simply confiscate as a result of as we speak morning somebody says I don’t desire one thing,” Justice Vaishnav mentioned.
The lawyer replied, saying that “can by no means be my lord”.
Justice Vaishnav later dismissed the petition.
The calls for for the elimination of non-vegetarian meals carts from roads have principally come up from native BJP leaders in numerous cities of Gujarat however the state authorities has mentioned that it has no drawback with totally different meals habits of individuals.
“Some folks eat vegetarian meals, some folks eat non-vegetarian meals, the BJP authorities doesn’t have any drawback with it. There have been calls for to take away specific ‘larries’ (carts) from the highway.
“Our solely concern is that, the meals offered from meals carts shouldn’t be unhygienic,” Mr Patel mentioned, addressing a BJP programme at Bandhani village in Anand district.