Delhi government on Friday withdrew from the Supreme Court its petition seeking directions to 10 coal-fired thermal power plants in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, which allegedly contributes to air pollution in the national capital, to immediately cease operations till Flue Gas Desulphurization technology is installed to reduce harmful emission.
“We find it very amusing that a state has come in with a PIL (public interest litigation) against the Union of India,” a bench of Justices Navin Sinha and R Subhash Reddy observed while hearing the plea.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Delhi government, said that sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are the “killer gases” and the matter relates to health of the citizens who are affected by pollution.
“Your case is that they (Centre) had made some statement before this court and now they are deviating,” the bench said, adding, “If the Centre has done something contrary to what they had stated before this court, then you can go and inform the court about it in that case”.
“We have many questions to ask,” the top court said, adding, “You have filed a writ petition. We are considering whether we should entertain this writ petition or not.”