The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation over malls, hospitals and commercial establishments charging parking fees from the public, PTI reported. The court asked the corporation to respond to a Public Interest Litigation, which alleged that charging of parking fees was in violation of the civic body’s notification.

The petition, filed by a Delhi resident, claims that the municipal corporation in 2015 and the Delhi Police in 2016 had prohibited the charging of parking fees in malls, hospitals or office complexes. However, the PIL said, the establishments continued to levy such fees under the garb of maintenance charges.

The plea also sought direction to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to take appropriate legal steps against persons responsible for levying the fees.

The court will hear the matter next on February 19, 2018.