Approach single judge, Delhi HC tells Centre on appeal against stay on prohibition on service charge

Updated: Aug 18 2022 5:50PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI)The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the central government to approach a single judge for appropriate relief against an interim order staying guidelines prohibiting hotels and restaurants from levying service charges automatically on food bills.

A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad granted liberty to the Centre and Central Consumer Protection Authority to file their response before the single judge to pleas challenging the guidelines and directed that the matter be listed for consideration on August 31.

The division bench was hearing appeals by the Centre and Central Consumer Protection Authority against the July 20 interim order of the single judge staying the July 4 guidelines prohibiting hotels and restaurants from levying service charges automatically on food bills while dealing with petitions by the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India.