• 'Impose 2-Day Lockdown': SC To Delhi Govt On Pollution Crisis

    It has become a fashion for everyone to bash the farmers: CJI

    The Supreme Court on Saturday suggested the Central and Delhi governments to impose a two-day lockdown in the city amid worsening air quality.

    The top court was hearing a plea filed by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey concerning air pollution in Delhi. A special bench of CJI NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice Suryakant heard the petition on Saturday.

    "We are wearing masks even inside our homes," said CJI Ramana while talking about the worsening air quality in Delhi.

    He added, "Tell us how do you plan to take the emergency measures to check the pollution? Two-day lockdown? What is your plan on lowering the Air Quality Index levels?."  The apex court further asked the Centre and States to submit their response by Monday.

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said there is stubble burning in Punjab. 

    To this, CJI Ramana said, “You're projecting as if farmers alone are responsible. It has become a fashion for everyone to bash the farmers. What about firecrackers? What are you doing to control the pollution in Delhi? You give us a proper plan...We have nothing to do with the government ....State or Centre."
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