The Supreme Court while hearing on the pollution in Delhi has told the Centre, "Why are people forced to live in gas chambers? It's better to kill them all in one go, get explosives in 15 bags at one go." "Why should people suffer? In Delhi blame game is going on, we are literally shocked," the top court added.
The Supreme Court slammed Punjab and Haryana state governments for failing to stop stubble burning. It also lashed out at the Centre for its failure to improve air quality in Delhi-NCR.
"Can you treat people like this and let them die due to pollution?" the bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of the Centre.
Pulling up the Punjab chief secretary first, the top court said, "You should explain why we should not impose fine on you for not being able to control your state. Despite our orders, it happened again." While the chief secretary tried explaining that they are trying to control it, Justice Mishra asked whether stubble burning is still happening in the state.
To this, Punjab chief secretary said some instances of stubble burning are still occurring in the state. "Look at the number of fires. We have called you for that reason. Why is it going on?" the bench asked.