New Delhi: The matter of converting public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles was heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. At the same time, the Central Government has sought time from the Supreme Court to file its reply. During the hearing, Chief Justice SA Bovde said that we want Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to come to the Supreme Court and explain where the problem is coming. The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) protested against the Chief Justice saying that if the Union Minister is called to the Supreme Court, it will have political implications.
On the ASG, the Chief Justice said that at the moment we are making suggestions, not passing orders. Actually the CJI had asked whether the Transport Minister can come and give us information about this matter? Think of it as an invitation, not a summons, because the plan of the electric vehicles will have a clearer picture than the officials to the Transport Minister. At the same time, the court said that there can be no compromise on pollution, it is important not only for Delhi-NCR but for the whole country.
The court met the central government in four weeks and asked to consider the matter related to electric vehicles. In fact a petition was filed stating that the government did not make enough efforts to follow its own policy of converting public transport and government vehicles into electric vehicles.