Hearing a petition filed by Pankaj Sharma, a bench headed by Justice P Jyothimani has also asked Delhi Police and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is the license issuing authority, to be present during the hearing on Wednesday.

Counsel of restaurant owners pleaded to be allowed to run the restaurants as it is affecting the livelihood of over 2,000 families. The bench, however, said that it has no intention to take away anyone's right to livelihood, but a balance has to be struck.

The NGT on Friday shut 34 restaurants for operating without proper clearances, discharging effluents, drawing potable water and causing environmental hazards.


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