NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today said there is need for a “good” and “model” law for regulating app-based cab services, like Ola and Uber, as it will be helpful to the people and would bring in more clarity. Justice Manmohan said he would set up a panel comprising two senior officials each from the Delhi government and the Centre and one expert who can then hear all the stakeholders, including app-based cab services, radio taxis and consumers, and then come out with a model law. “I find that this cab business is a great field for litigation. All of them are working at cross purposes. So I think we need a good law. It will facilitate consumers and there will be clarity,” the court said. It asked both the governments to come with the names of officials to be appointed in the panel and listed the matter for hearing on August 11. How Uber-Didi deal may mean trouble for Ola The court said that till the panel comes out with its “model law”, the app-based cab companies will have to abide by the rates stipulated by the Delhi government. It noted that ANI Technologies, which runs Ola, has filed an affidavit, saying it no longer charges customers more than the stipulated rate and told Uber, “You will not charge more than what has been stipulated by the government.” The oral direction to Uber came after the company said that only in 3-4% of the cases does it exceed the stipulated rate and that often its rates are half of it. It said that if it has to abide by the stipulated rates, then let other such companies match their low rates. To this, the judge said that Uber can charge low rates or give their services for free, but it cannot exceed the cap fixed by the government. Want to get fairer skin? Do this once daily Fit Mom Daily 1 weird trick to lose 26 kgs in 4 weeks India Health Mantra Recommended By Colombia Uber’s surrender and the humbling of US tech giants in China According to the prescribed rates, fare for Economy Radio Taxi is Rs 12.50 per km, while it is Rs 14 per km for non-AC black and yellow top taxi and Rs 16 per km for AC black and yellow top taxi. The notified fare of Radio Taxi cabs (distinguished by an LCD board on roof top displaying ‘Radio Taxi’) is Rs 23 per km. Additional night charges (25% of the fare) are applicable between 11 PM and 5 AM. The court was hearing a number of petitions filed by an association of radio taxi operators and Ola. While the association has alleged that Ola and Uber are operating without any licence, overcharging customers and the government is not doing anything about it, Ola has accused Uber of over-charging and not complying with court orders.


Kerala Police today zeroed in on three foreign nationals, who are suspected to be the key players behind the hi-tech ATM robbery which has shocked the state capital, and decided to seek Interpol’s help.

A team of top police officers, including ADGP B Sandhya, Range IG Manoj Abraham and cyber and technical experts visited the ATM of a public sector bank at Althara junction at Vellayambalam here, where a suspected electronic device was found to have been installed.

They also collected evidence from the ATM counter.

ADGP B Sandhya later told reporters that as foreigners were suspected to be involved in the fraud, Kerala Police would seek the help of Interpol to nab the culprits.

“We will seek the help of Interpol. We are collecting evidence now,” she said.

City Police Commissioner G Sparjan Kumar told PTI that police are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the three persons, whose pictures had been retrieved from the CCTV, installed inside the ATM kiosk at Vellayambalam.

“We examined the visuals of the CCTV and got the pictures of three foreigners. We suspect that they had a hand in the ATM robbery,” he said.

“We have already intensified our investigation to trace their whereabouts and establish their identity. We are also probing whether more persons were involved in the crime,” he said.

The officer said the support of cyber and technical experts was sought to understand the technical method used by the fraudsters to withdraw the money.

“As many as 22 people have so far lodged complaints saying money was withdrawn from their account. As per the preliminary assessment, about Rs. 2.5 lakh had been lost,” he said.

It is suspected that the electronic device at the ATM counter enabled the fraudsters to collect the secret pin code and card details.

Many of the customers who were duped came to know about the fraud after they received a text message on Monday, informing that money was withdrawn from their accounts.