Debates on TV is creating more pollution than anything else

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that TV debates are causing more air pollution than anything else.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana observed that everybody is having their own agendas and statements are being taken out of context in these debates.

“You want to use some issue, make us observe and then make it controversial and then only blame games will remain. Debates on TV are creating more pollution than anybody. They don’t understand what is happening and what is the issue. Statements are taken out of context. Everyone has their own agenda. We can’t help and we can’t control. We are focusing on working out the solution.”

Supreme Court Bench

The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre pointed towards the issue over television debates that claimed that he had misled the apex 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.”

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

The bench of justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant said that it has not been misled, the solicitor general said 10 percent but in the affidavit it was mentioned 30 to 40 percent.

However, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, added that possibly Mr. Mehta has taken a four or six months average.

“We are not blaming anyone both are Centre’s figures.”

Senior Advocate Abhishek Singhvi.

To which Chief Justice replied that the top court is focussing on steps to bring down the air pollution and Mr. Singhvi should not raise the issue of stubble burning again and again and rather than focus on the steps that the Delhi Government proposed to curb pollution.

The Centre had proposed few measures to curb down the pollution levels of the city. It has advised a ban on entry of all trucks in Delhi except vehicles carrying essential goods, shutting down of schools and 50 percent attendance in offices of GNCTD.

The Supreme Court has adjourned the matter for hearing on November 24.

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