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TV debates causing more air pollution than anything else: Supreme Court

By Jasleen Kaur -- November 17, 2021 6:11 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that TV debates are causing more air pollution than anything else and everybody has their own agenda while hearing cases relating to increasing air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said, "You want to use some issue, make us observe and then make it controversial and then only blame game will remain. Debates on TV are creating more pollution than everyone else. Everybody has their own agenda. They don't understand anything."

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The observation of the Bench came as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre raised the issue over television debates which claimed that he had misled the Supreme Court on the contribution of stubble burning to air pollution.

"There have been nasty occurrences on TV to show that I misled the court on stubble burning," Mehta told the apex court.

To this, Justice Chandrachud said, "We were not misled at all. You said 10 per cent, but it was pointed out in the affidavit that it was 30 to 40 per cent."

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The CJI also said, "This kind of criticism keeps happening. Our conscience is clear and we work for the betterment of society."

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the Delhi Government told the Bench that the Centre's figures on stubble burning contribution say that it varies from 0 to 58 per cent.
Singhvi added, "Possibly Tushar Mehta has taken a four or six-month average (to arrive at 10 per cent)."

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"We don't want to penalise farmers. We have requested states to persuade the farmers to not burn stubble. Why are you, again and again, raising this," the apex court told Singhvi.

The Centre on Wednesday proposed a slew of measures, including a ban on the entry of all trucks in Delhi except vehicles carrying essential goods, shutting down of schools and 50 per cent attendance in offices of the GNCTD to reduce air pollution.

-PTC News