NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court imposed a fine of ₹8 lakh on a petitioner who moved the court challenging the ban on diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years in Delhi
A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, AS Bopanna, and BR Gavai said during the hearing that the PIL filed by advocate Anurag Saxena was frivolous and also ordered the registry to not register any writ petitions filed by the advocate before the Supreme Court.
“Two advocates who are practicing in the Supreme Court have entered into this misadventure. We warned them about this. An exemplary cost of ₹8 lacs is imposed on the petitioner. The registry will not entertain any writ petition by the advocate,”
During a hearing, the petitioner said “Banning already existing vehicles will create more carbon footprints as manufacturing new cars and vehicles create more carbon footprints. That’s why the 10 years and 15 years Rule is void. Why there is arbitrariness only for certain places? Why not everywhere?”
Later, the bench told the petitioner that this matter is already covered by the orders of the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court in 2018 mandated the Transport Department of Delhi to ban diesel vehicles more than 10 years old and petrol vehicles more than 15 years from plying within Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
“You have seen the order of the NGT and every other order and still you are filing this petition. Are you sure about this? We will impose heavy costs and pass comments which will also impact your career in the long term. Think about that,” Justice Rao cautioned.
Later, after dismissing his plea, a court-imposed fine of ₹8 lakh on the petitioner.
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