Now board a train on a waiting e-ticket

Till now the passengers who had an e-ticket and had their names in the waiting list were not allowed to board the trains while those wait-listed ones having a ticket in the physical form could do so.

The Hush Post: From now onwards, those wait-listed passengers who hold an e-ticket will also be eligible to board the trains like the ones who carry a ticket bought from the counter.  This comes after the Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal filed by the Railways against a judgment of the Delhi High Court.

Actually, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court in 2014 on which the court had ruled that like the wait-listed passengers having a physical ticket, the ones holding e-tickets should also not be cancelled. The Railways had moved the Supreme Court against this decision.

A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur dimissed the petition of the Railways mainly because the counsel for the ministry hadn’t turned up to argue the case. “The matter has been called out twice. No one is present on behalf of the petitioner. The special leave petition is dismissed for non-prosecution,” News 18 quoted the court order.

While dismissing the petition, the apex Court also ordered the Railways to come up with a mechanism to stop agents from booking tickets in bogus names which are later passed on to wait-listed passengers for extra money.

Till now the passengers who had an e-ticket and had their names in the waiting list were not allowed to board the trains while those wait-listed ones having a ticket in the physical form could do so and avail a chance of getting a berth if a passenger having a confirmed seat did not show up.

Now the Railways will have to devise new rules in consistence with the Delhi High Court order so that discrimination between the two types of tickets is done away with.  While issuing its order, the HC had noted that there was no provision in the law which gave an upper hand to those holding wait-listed tickets in physical form.

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