The Supreme Court on Friday set aside a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order directing that vehicles not complying with pollution under control (PUC) norms in Madhya Pradesh would not be given petrol at fuel stations.
A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee said the tribunal had no power, authority or jurisdiction to pass orders directing the state government to issue directions to dealers and petrol pumps not to supply fuel to vehicles without PUC Certificate.
“There can be no doubt that strong measures must be taken to protect the environment and improve the air quality whenever there is contravention of statutory rules causing environmental pollution. Stringent action has to be taken, but in accordance with law,” the bench said.
The top court said that stoppage of supply of fuel to vehicles not having valid PUC Certificate is not contemplated either in the 1989 Central Motor Vehicles Rules or the NGT Act.