Alleged Harassment : Road Transport Commissioner of NTA Brought to Justice
13 August 2013 - Défi Media Group
A taxi driver said harassed by some officers of the National Transport Authority (NTA). Today, he has initiated in the Supreme Court, civil action against the Road Transport Commissionner the NTA and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure.
Imran Mamode Gheesah, a taxi driver, has initiated a civil action against the Road Transport Commissioner of the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure in the Supreme Court. He claims their joint damage Rs 1.5 M. The case will be referred to September 12, 2013 before this court. The complainant is defended by Shamvedsingh Bijloll and confessed Sunil Posooa.
In his written complaint by his solicitor, Imran Mamode Gheesah states that licensed and registered with the NTA to operate as a taxi driver in Railway Square, Quatre-Bornes. He argues that the permit was issued by the NTA on behalf of his late father Mamode Sariff Gheesah.
Imran Mamode Gheesah tells the story of the harassment he suffered from some officers of the NTA since October 2011. Each time, he said, some officers of the NTA would have called him on his cell phone to tell him they have a "spot-check" at the place of operation and it was there not. He added that for this he would have been fined.Imran Mamode Gheesah said another incident. According to him, it settled charges declaration of his taxi at the NTA where a servant of this instance would have contacted about a new "spot-check" that the officers would have done that day. He says he would have gone to meet the officer saw that he was already in the office of the NTA.
He stressed that the servant of the NTA who was not contacted Quatre-Bornes, but his office last sitting. This greatly upset the complainant. Imran Mamode Gheesah tells a third incident occurred in October 2011. That day, he said, two officers of the NTA would be at his home in Rose Hill and they have served a warning without giving him a chance to explain.
November 24, 2011, as some employees of the NTA always accused him of not being in office instead of taxis where it should be, Imran Mamode Gheesah and his mother went to the head of this body in Port Louis . The complainant explained that one of the officers of the NTA would have made him understand that he should be based on 7 7 Railway Square, Quatre-Bornes and that, moreover, he will have to appear before a committee to respond. The officer would have even said that his taxi license may be revoked in this case.
In his defense, Imran Mamode Gheesah said it can not be permanently on the place of operation as being a taxi driver just, he has errands for clients. He even produced documents to support his claim. He added that the officer had informed him that he had no right to operate outside the town of Quatre-Bornes.
According to Imran Mamode Gheesah, said officer allegedly tried to pressure her mother that it sign a document that he should not offer his services to 'taxi stand' Railway Square, Quatre-Bornes. But, he argues that his mother refused to sign the document and hired a lawyer to assist in this matter.
However, according to Imran Mamode Gheesah, he and his mother were relieved when an agent of the NTA informed them that no charges had been brought against the taxi driver by the committee. Imran Mamode Gheesah advance that despite the committee's decision, he is constantly harassed by some officers of the NTA.
The taxi driver said he is being harmed and it is morally affected by doing some officers of the National Transport Authority. For these reasons, it is seeking damages of Rs 1.5 million in conjunction with the Road Transport Commissionner the NTA and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure.