SC ‘requests’ Union Minister Gadkari to share innovative ideas on tackling pollution
The Supreme Court while hearing a PIL filed by the Centre on electric vehicles on Wednesday ‘requested’ Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to ‘come and share innovative ideas on tackling pollution’. The court made it clear that the minister was not being summoned but his inputs were being sought.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant enquired from Additional Solicitor General (ASG) ANS Nadkarni, who was representing the Centre, if the minister could explain a proposal to introduce non-polluting vehicles run on electricity/hydrogen.
When the ASG raised doubts over the minister coming to the court as it could send wrong signals, the court clarified, “The minister has innovative ideas. We are requesting him to come to court and assist us because he is in a position to take decisions. We are not indicting or ordering him.”
The bench said that the minister on earlier occasions had made several public statements and the Court would like to hear him in person on the issue. It said that firecrackers and stubble-burning were seasonal but cars contributed largely to pollution.
It may be noted that the Modi government has been pushing for a clean-energy vehicle in India and has initiated several measures including a $1.4 billion plan to make India a manufacturing unit for electric vehicles.