In a Writ Petition filed by the Retailers Association of India the Bombay High Court made the following observations and issued consequent directions;

“3. One of the major grievance of the petitioner is that though under various SOPs issued by the State of Maharashtra including last SOP dated 13th April, 2021 and more particularly in clause 16, E-commerce is permitted only for supply of essential goods and services, various suppliers are supplying non-essential services also in gross violation of the said SOP dated 13th April, 2021. It is the case of the petitioner that though this violation is brought to the notice of the State Government, no action has been taken till date to stop this ongoing violation.

4. State Government is directed to file affidavit within two weeks from today and to indicate as to whether any incentives which were offered to the hawkers due to their sufferings during pandemic can be offered to the retail traders.

5. The State Government will also indicate the steps already taken or would be taken against those dealers, for supplying various non-essential items in violation of clause 16 of the SOP dated 13th April, 2021, if any. We direct that if the State Government finds any such violation, an action shall be immediately taken against those dealers and to stop such violation. ”

Copy of the order

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