New Delhi: Guidelines issued by the transport department for granting license to motor driving schools might be changed again, as the Delhi High Court deemed “unfair” the provisions regarding infrastructure and financial solvency of the schools.
In a hearing on Monday, the Delhi High Court stated that the “definition” of “close relatives” in the guidelines for granting license to motor driving training schools, by the Delhi government is very “vague.”
The All Delhi Motor Driving Training Schools Association, challenged these guidelines before the High Court stating that they violate the fundamental right to trade or occupation, as well as the right to equality of the companies running the schools.
According to the guidelines, “close relatives” of transport department officials cannot be a member or director of the school applying for license.
The association, in its appeal to the court, argued that the provision barring “close relatives of current transport department officials” violated the right to freedom of occupation under Article 19 as well as right to equality.
The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking framing of guidelines by government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao rejected the petition after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed it that online platforms are not required to obtain any licence from the ministry.
Central government standing counsel Vikram Jetly said the content on online platforms is not being regulated by the ministry.
The court had earlier made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation but was only seeking the government’s response on the plea which also alleged that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.
In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO had claimed that online media streaming platforms, that also include Hotstar, show content which is “unregulated and uncertified” for public viewing.
The court had asked the Centre’s counsel to seek instructions as to whether the alleged broadcasting on the online platforms is based on any licence or regulatory measures provided by government or any regulatory body.
The plea had claimed that television series like “Sacred Games”, “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus”, shown on platforms like Netflix, contain “vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent” content which often “depict women in objectifying manner”.