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'Don't give sops, it's public money': SC raps Delhi govt on free rides for women in Metro

-The Indian Express

The apex court said that the Delhi government is bound to ensure that the financial health of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is maintained properly and no steps are taken that might result in losses.

The Supreme Court Friday came down heavily on the Delhi government for its ambitious proposal to make metro travel free for women, saying it might lead the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to losses.

The apex court observed that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government should refrain from giving freebies from “public money” and warned that it would stop them from doing so as courts are not “powerless”.

“If you will allow people to travel for free, then the Delhi metro may go into loss. If you will give freebies, we will stop you. You are fighting for a cause here and you want them to incur loss. Do not give sops, it is public money,” a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta told the lawyer appearing for the Delhi government.

“Why you want to destroy the Delhi metro,” the bench said, adding, “Can you give sops and say that Union of India should bear the cost”. “What you handle is public money and public trust,” the bench said, adding, “Do not think that courts are powerless”.

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