A hearing has been held in the Supreme Court today regarding the situation of air pollution in the capital Delhi and NCR. The Supreme Court expressed strong displeasure over the manner in which the court proceedings were being shown on TV. CJI NV Ramana said that here (SC court) something is said and TV channels show something else. He then says, “It seems that they do not understand things at all, they are just trying to run their agenda.”
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The Supreme Court said, there are many reasons for pollution, but the debates going on on TV are creating the most pollution. They just don’t understand things and the statements are reported out of context. Everyone has their own agenda and is working towards increasing the same.
During the hearing, Tushar Mehta said that it was told in the media about me that I gave wrong information about stubble burning, I want to clarify on this. On this, the Chief Justice said that such criticism keeps happening in the public office, forget it. The Chief Justice said that what percentage of pollution is from whom, these figures are not important. Don’t try to spin this issue. We are concerned about reducing pollution.
CJI NV Ramana told Delhi government’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi regarding stubble, if you keep raising more things like this, then the main issue will not be resolved. We don’t want to penalize farmers. We have already asked the Center to go ahead and request those farmers not to burn stubble for at least a week, see the debate on TV is creating more pollution than any other source, everyone there have their own agenda but we are trying to find a solution here. The next hearing of the case will be on November 23.
The Supreme Court on the last hearing (November 15) had reprimanded the Center and the Delhi government in the matter of pollution. After seeing the affidavit of the Delhi government, the court had said that you have put all the blame of pollution in the affidavit on the farmers of neighboring states, it is absolutely wrong. Looks like you’re trying to get away from it.
Let us inform that in the petition filed in the Supreme Court, it has been said that the government has not shown seriousness in dealing with air pollution and has demanded to take the Air Quality Management Commission under the supervision of the court. A bench of CJI NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant is hearing the matter.