Chief Justice Carpools, But Delhi Lawyers Find That Too Tough

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Chief Justice Carpools, But Delhi Lawyers Find That Too Tough

The two-week trial, launched on January 1, is aimed at checking the toxic smog in the world's most polluted capital.

New Delhi:  Despite being turned down recently, Delhi's lawyers aren't taking "No" for an answer. In the High Court today, they argued anew to be exempted from the new traffic rules for the capital that ban private cars on alternate days -a scheme dubbed "odd-even" because cars with license plates ending in odd numbers are allowed on the road on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbered license plates on the other days.

The two-week trial, launched on January 1, is aimed at checking the toxic smog in the world's most polluted capital.

Last week, the High Court had refused to make an exception for lawyers, pointing out that doctors, for example, are also obliged to follow the new rules. Cars with women driving alone are exempt, as are two-wheelers -an exception questioned by many experts.

The Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, has been carpooling to work with another judge, though he is exempted from the restrictions.  His contribution to the scheme has been publicly praised by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Undeterred, three different lawyers today (including the president of the Delhi High Court Bar Association) told judges today that because lawyers need to reach different courts in the city, and often have to carry "bulky" books and bags, public transport and carpooling are not suitable.

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