The Bengaluru-based ride hailing start-up had challenged the state government's refusal to grant a license to bike taxis
Bike aggregator Rapido has decided to stop its two-wheeler passenger service, two-wheeler parcel and auto services in Maharashtra following an order passed by the Bombay High Court.
The development came after the bench led by Justices GS Patel and SG Dige warned the company that it would order authorities to ban the company permanently if it did not halt its services.
"You thought there were guidelines, and we could run our services without a license. In other words, Mr. Judge please protect our illegality under Article 226. Guess what? We will not," the court said.
"Dr Saraf's entire team is here. They will be watching over you like hawks. If you make one mistake, we will dismiss this petition. We will ensure that you are restrained from getting a license permanently, and we will impose costs while dismissing this petition," it added.
The counsel, which appeared for Rapido, told the court that the Bengaluru-based start-up would cancel its service till January 20.
Earlier, the company challenged the Maharashtra government's refusal to grant a license to bike taxis. The government told the aggregator that it had not formulated any policies to provide licences to the bike taxis. Once the court was informed that Rapido does not have permission to operate its service, it dismissed the petition.