New Delhi, 2/12: The Supreme Court took a tough stand on the deteriorating air quality in the capital Delhi. On Thursday, the top court warned the Center and the Delhi government of action within 24 hours. The court has reprimanded the Delhi government for opening the school. Along with this, the court also questioned the government about CNG buses. In the earlier hearing, the top court had talked about setting up a task force for compliance with the rules. The court is hearing a petition filed by Aditya Dubey, a 17-year-old student from Delhi, regarding the increasing air pollution in Delhi.
Chief Justice NV Ramanna told Dr AM Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, “We are looking at it aggressively and you told us that the schools are closed, but it is not so.” Children of 3 to 4 years are being sent to school.’ The CJI said that in today’s newspaper, children are going to school. He said, ‘If you want orders, we can appoint someone.’ Justice Ramanna said that elders have to work from home and children have to go to school. Justice Suryakant also said that nothing is being followed.
Regarding non-compliance of the directions, a bench of CJI Ramanna, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant had said that they may have to form a ‘task force’ to monitor the compliance of the directions. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has sought one more day’s time from the court. He said that he will talk to top officials in this regard and come up with additional measures to deal with the crisis. To this the CJI said, ‘Mehta ji, we expect real action, if you don’t do anything by tomorrow, we will do it. We are giving you 24 hours time.