Supreme Court appoints one-member committee to tackle stubble burning

By Astha Joshi-

The Supreme Court has constituted a one-member committee to monitor the issue of stubble burning. A bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, has appointed retired judge Justice Madan B Lokur to scrutinize and submit the report within 15 days to control stubble burning-related pollution problems.

“We are only concerned about the citizens of Delhi NCR being able to breathe in fresh clean air,” stated the court.

The top court has also dismissed the Central government’s plea for reconsidering the decision of appointment of a one-member committee.

The CJI has ordered all authorities in Delhi and Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority to report Justice Lokur Committee.

Further, the court has asked to deploy corps such as National Cadet Corps, Bharat Scouts, and Guides, and National Service Scheme to carry out the surveillance of the fields where stubble burning is likely to take place for the Lokur Committee.

Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who represented the petitioners, had suggested the appointment of Justice Lokur.

In his tenure, Justice Lokur has dealt with matters related to pollution, including the aspect of stubble burning.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Punjab and Haryana government, said that the proposal of the Lokur committee was not put forth to the states, and therefore, requested to continue the monitoring through EPCA.