Update: November 17, 2021 3:07 PM STI
New Delhi [India], Nov. 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court observed on Wednesday that televised debates cause more air pollution than anything else and that everyone has their own agenda when hearing cases relating to increased air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
A bench of India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said: “You want to use a problem, make us observe and then make it controversial and then there will only be a game of blame. TV debates create more pollution than everyone else. Everyone has their own agenda. They do not understand anything. “
The judicial observation came as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Center raised the issue during televised debates claiming that he had misled the Supreme Court about the contribution of thatch burning to pollution of the land. air.
“There were some nasty events on television to show that I misled the court about the stubble burning,” Mehta told the higher court.
To that, Judge Chandrachud replied: “We were not at all misled. You said 10 percent, but it was pointed out in the affidavit that it was 30 to 40 percent.
CJI also said, “This kind of criticism continues to occur. Our conscience is clear and we are working for the betterment of society.”
Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the Delhi government told the House that the Centre’s figures on the contribution to stubble burning indicate that it ranges from 0 to 58 percent.
Singhvi added, “Maybe Mr. Tushar Mehta took a four or six month average (to get to 10 percent).
“We don’t want to penalize the farmers. We have asked the states to persuade the farmers not to burn the stubble. Why are you raising this issue again and again,” the Supreme Court said in Singhvi.
The Center today proposed a series of measures, including banning the entry of all trucks into Delhi except vehicles carrying essential goods, closing schools and attendance at 50% of offices in Delhi. GNCTD to reduce air pollution.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the judiciary that the emergency meeting of the chief secretaries of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi with others took place on Tuesday.
The issue of home work for central government officials was discussed, but the total number of vehicles used for central government officials is not huge. The Center therefore issued a notice for the pooling and sharing of vehicles, Mehta told the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice also observed that “what he observes as a judge and before him as Advocate General is that the bureaucracy has fallen into inertia and does not want to do anything. The Supreme Court must do everything. It is an attitude developed by executives where no action is taken.
During the hearing, the judiciary said that there must be some accountability, not everything can be done through a court order.
Mehta also told the Supreme Court that meteorologists were also present at the emergency meeting and they say the wind will be there after November 21. “Would this tribunal not consider waiting until November 21 before implementing severe measures,” he said.
The House has now taken the matter under advisement on November 24 and said the Air Quality Management Commission guidelines for Delhi-NCR and adjacent areas must be followed.
The Delhi government told the Supreme Court it could increase the frequency of subways and buses and asked the court to order home work, ban vehicles on the outskirts, as well as in neighboring states, because such a ban is only of interest to Delhi.
The Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General how many vehicles were there and how central government officials travel and suggested that central government officials living in government settlements could travel on public transport.
He also asked what was the reason firecrackers had burned in Delhi in the last 10 days after Diwali. (ANI)