HC orders de-sealing of shops in Flower Bazaar

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday ordered de-sealing of all flower shops that were locked and sealed by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) at the Flower Bazaar on Badrian Street in George Town on Thursday on the basis of an order passed by a single judge of the court.

Justices K.K. Sasidharan and R. Subramanian passed an interim order to de-seal the shops purely on humanitarian grounds since sudden closure of the shops might seriously affect the livelihood of genuine retail traders who were looking to make some additional money during the coming festive season.

The judges reserved their verdict on a batch of writ appeals filed by the flower vendors challenging the single judge’s order.

However, in the meantime, they permitted them to continue in the shops on condition that they should not indulge in wholesale business and not use scales that can weigh more than 2 kg at a time.

Though a battery of lawyers representing the appellants urged the court to permit use of scales that can weigh upto 5 kg, the judges rejected the request because the shops were ordered to be sealed by the single judge only because of the allegation that many traders were carrying on wholesale business in the bazaar meant for retail trade.

The single judge had passed his order on Tuesday and ordered sealing of all shops run by wholesale dealers within 48 hours.

The CMDA complied with the order on Thursday.

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