M.C. Mehta vs Union Of India on 9 April, 2021


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Supreme Court of India

M.C. Mehta vs Union Of India on 9 April, 2021

Author: Hon’Ble The Justice

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     ITEM NO.1           Court No.1 (Video Conferencing)  SECTION PIL-W
                          S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
                                  RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

     Writ Petition(s)(Civil)       No(s).    13029/1985

     M.C. MEHTA                                              Petitioner(s)
                                            VERSUS
     UNION OF INDIA & ORS.                                   Respondent(s)

     ((1) IA NO. 5000/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF NORTH DELHI
     MUNICIPAL CORPORATION )(2) IA NO. 34084/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON
     BEHALF OF EAST DELHI MUNICIPAL CORPORATION)(3) IA NOS. 33511 AND
     33965/2021 (APPLNS. FOR IMPLEADMENT AND DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF MUNNU
     SINGH)(4) IA NOS. 95466 AND 95470/2020 (APPLNS. FOR IMPLEADMENT AND
     DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF DELHI FIRE SERVICE, GNCTD)(5) IA NO. 46641/2021
     (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF MR. P. NARSIMHA MURTY)(6) IA NO.
     45996/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF MR. SUSHIL GARG)(7) IA NO.
     45999/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF B.S.M. PUBLIC SCHOOL)(8)
     IA NO. 28353/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF GEE DEE EDUCATIONAL
     SOCIETY)(9) IA NO. 28185/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF ALL
     INDIA KATARIA EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY)(10) IA NO. 130236/2020 (APPLN. FOR
     DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF KUMAR PAL SINGH)(11) IA NO. 117511/2020 (APPLN.
     FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF DELHI CANTONMENT BOARD)“ONLY” IN W.P.(C) NO.
     13029/1985 IS LISTED.“ONLY” NAME OF THE FOLLOWING Adv.S MAY BE TREATED TO
     HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN THE LIST: MR. HARISH N. SALVE, SR. Adv. (A.C.) MS.
     APARAJITA SINGH, SR. Adv. (A.C.) MR. A.D.N. RAO, Adv. (A.C.) MR.
     SIDDHARTHA CHOWDHURY, Adv. (A.C.) PETITIONER-IN-PERSON MR. G.S. MAKKER,
     MR. RAJ BAHADUR YADAV, MR. SANJAY KR. VISEN, MR. KAMLENDRA MISHRA, MR.
     SANDEEP KR. JHA, MS. UTTARA BABBAR, MR. CHIRAG M. SHROFF, MR. PRAVEEN
     SWARUP, MS. PURNIMA JAUHARI, MS. NIDHI MOHAN PARASHAR, Adv.S)

     Date : 09-04-2021 These applications were called on for hearing today.
     CORAM :
              HON'BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
              HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE A.S. BOPANNA
              HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE V. RAMASUBRAMANIAN

     Counsel for the parties
                          Mr.      Harish N. Salve, Sr. Adv. (A.C.) (NP)
                          Ms.      Aparajita Singh, Sr. Adv. (A.C.) (NP)
                          Mr.      A.D.N. Rao, Adv. (A.C.)
                          Mr.      Siddhartha Chowdhury, Adv. (A.C.)

                                Petitioner-In-Person

                                Mr Tushar Mehta, Ld SG
                                Ms. Aishwarya Bhati, Ld. ASG
                                Mr. Wasim Qadri, Sr. Adv.
                                Ms. Archana Pathak Dave, Adv.
Signature Not Verified          Mr. D.L. Chidanand, Adv.
Digitally signed by
Sanjay Kumar
                                Mr. S. S. Rebello, Adv.
Date: 2021.04.10
12:52:27 IST
Reason:
                                Mr. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Adv.
                                Ms. Suhasini Sen, Adv.
                                Ms. Snidha Mehra, Adv.
                                Mr. Vibhu Shankar Mishra, Adv.
                                Mr. Wasim, Adv.
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Mr.   Subhranshu Padhi, Adv.
Mr.   G.S. Makker, AOR
Mr.   Raj Bahadur, AOR
Mr.   B. V. Balaram Das, AOR

Mr.   Tushar Mehta, Ld Sg
Ms.   Aishwarya Bhati, Ld Asg
Ms.   D.L. Chidananda, Adv.
Ms.   Suhasini Sen, Adv.
Mr.   Rajesh Kr. Singh, Adv.
Mr.   S.S. Rebello, Adv.
Mr.   Subranshu Padhi, Adv.
Ms.   Archana Pathak Dave, Adv.
Mr.   Raj Bahadur Yadav, Aor

Mr.   Tushar Mehta, Ld. SG
Ms.   Aishwarya Bhati, Ld. ASG
Mr.   D.L.Chidananda, Adv.
Ms.   Suhasini Sen, Adv.
Mr.   S.S.Rebello
Mr.   Rajat Nair, Adv.
Ms.   Archana Pathak Dave, Adv.
Mr.   Subhranshu Padhi, Adv.
Mr.   G.S. Makker, Aor

Mr.   Anil Grover ,Sr. AAG Haryana
Ms.   Noopur Singhal, Adv.
Mr.   Rahul Khurana, Adv.
Mr.   Satish Kumar, Adv.
Mr.   Sanjay Kumar Visen, AOR

Mr.   V. Shekhar, Sr. Adv.
Ms.   Sheetal Rajpoot, Adv.
Mr.   Rajeev Kumar Dubey, Adv.
Mr.   Ashiwan Mishra, Adv.
Mr.   Kamlendra Mishra, AOR


Dr. Manish Singhvi, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Sandeep Kr. Jha, Aor

Ms. Uttara Babbar, Aor
Mr. Manan Bansal, Adv.
Ms. Shweta Mohta, Adv.

Mr. Chirag M. Shroff, Aor
Ms. Abhilasha Bharti, Adv.
Mr. Sushant Dogra, Adv.

Mr.   Sanjiv Sen, Sr. Adv.
Mr.   Praveen Swarup, AOR
Ms.   Pareena Swarup, Adv.
Mr.   Ameet Siingh, Adv.
Mr.   Kanishk Chaudhary, Adv.
Ms.   Sadiya Shakeel, Adv.

Ms. Purnima Jauhari, Aor
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 Ms. Nidhi Mohan Parashar, AOR
 Mr. Vikrant Kumar, Adv.
 Ms. Meghna Jandu, Adv.

 Applicant(S) -in-person

 Petitioner-In-Person

Mr. Gurmeet Singh Makker, AOR
Mr. Mukesh Kumar Maroria, AOR
Mr. P. K. Jain, AOR
Mr. Ramesh Babu M. R., AOR
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Chaurasia, AOR
Mr. Sushil Kumar Singh, AOR
Mr. S. K. Bhattacharya, AOR
Mr. Pavan Kumar, AOR
Mr. Rakesh K. Sharma, AOR
Ms. Shalini Kaul, AOR
Mr. Satya Mitra, AOR
Mr. Munawwar Naseem, AOR
Ms. Nandini Gidwaney, AOR
Mr. Balaji Srinivasan, AOR
Mr. Ejaz Maqbool, AOR
M/S. Parekh & Co., AOR
Mrs. Priya Puri, AOR
Mr. Parijat Sinha, AOR
Mr. K. R. Sasiprabhu, AOR
Mr. Sushil Kumar Jain, AOR
Mr. E. C. Agrawala, AOR
Mr. Ravindra Kumar, AOR
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi, AOR
M/S. S. Narain & Co., AOR
Mr. Vijay Panjwani, AOR
Mrs. B. Sunita Rao, AOR
Mr. Radha Shyam Jena, AOR
Mr. Hardeep Singh Anand, AOR
Ms. Ruchi Kohli, AOR
Mr. Praveen Swarup, AOR
Mr. V. K. Verma, AOR
Dr. Monika Gusain, AOR
Mr. P. Parmeswaran, AOR
Mr. Ajit Pudussery, AOR
Mrs. Rani Chhabra, AOR
Mr. Aniruddha Deshmukh, AOR
Ms. Hemantika Wahi, AOR
Ms. Sujeeta Srivastava, AOR
Ms. Manjula Gupta, AOR
M/S. M. V. Kini & Associates, AOR
Mr. Anil Kumar Jha, AOR
Mr. Shri Narain, AOR
Mr. Abhishek, AOR
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Bakshi, AOR
Mr. Sudhir Mendiratta, AOR
M/S. Khaitan & Co., AOR
M/S. Saharya & Co., AOR
Mrs. K. Sarada Devi, AOR
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Mr. Mohit D. Ram, AOR
Mrs. Bina Gupta, AOR
Mr. Sandeep Narain, AOR
Mr. Ravindra Bana, AOR
Mr. Chirag M. Shroff, AOR
Mr. T. V. Ratnam, AOR
Mr. Mukesh K. Giri, AOR
Mr. G. Prakash, AOR
Mr. Sarvam Ritam Khare, AOR
Mr. Prashant Kumar, AOR
Mr. S. S. Shroff, AOR
Mrs. Anil Katiyar, AOR
Mr. Umesh Kumar Khaitan, AOR
Mr. Pramod Dayal, AOR
Ms. Binu Tamta, AOR
Mr. Surya Kant, AOR
Mr. Annam D. N. Rao, AOR
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Visen, AOR
Mr. Rakesh Kumar-i, AOR
Mr. Ashok Mathur, AOR
Mr. R. P. Gupta, AOR
Ms. Pritha Srikumar, AOR
Ms. Divya Jyoti Singh, AOR
Ms. Nidhi Jaswal, AOR
Ms. Suruchii Aggarwal, AOR
Mr. Vinay Garg, AOR
Mr. Prakash Ranjan Nayak, AOR
Mr. Shishir Deshpande, AOR
Mr. Santosh Kumar - I, AOR
Mr. Anas Tanwir, AOR
Mr. Senthil Jagadeesan, AOR
Mr. Akshay Girish Ringe, AOR
Mr. Vishwajit Singh, AOR
Mr. Avijit Mani Tripathi, AOR
Mr. Shovan Mishra, AOR
Mr. Aakarshan Aditya, AOR
Mr. Gautam Narayan, AOR
Mr. Kamlendra Mishra, AOR
Mr. Rishi Matoliya, AOR
Ms. Kiran Bhardwaj, AOR
Ms. Shagun Matta, AOR
Mr. Anil Kumar, AOR
Mr. Nirnimesh Dube, AOR
Mr. Ashutosh Dubey, AOR
Mr. Mahfooz Ahsan Nazki, AOR
Ms. Mayuri Raghuvanshi, AOR
Ms. Uttara Babbar, AOR
Ms. Nidhi Mohan Parashar, AOR
Mr. M. P. Devanath, AOR
Mr. Rajan Narain, AOR
Mr. Neeraj Shekhar, AOR
Mr. Deepayan Mandal, AOR
Mr. M. Yogesh Kanna, AOR
Mr. Subhro Sanyal, AOR
Ms. Tulika Mukherjee, AOR
Mr. Rishi Malhotra, AOR
Ms. Anushree Prashit Kapadia, AOR
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Mr. Pranav Sachdeva, AOR
Ms. Astha Tyagi, AOR
Mr. T. R. B. Sivakumar, AOR
Mr. Prasanna S., AOR
Mr. V. N. Raghupathy, AOR
Mr. Yoginder Handoo, AOR
Ms. Sakshi Kakkar, AOR
Mr. D. Abhinav Rao, AOR
Ms. Diksha Rai, AOR
Ms. Surabhi Sanchita, AOR
Ms. Madhumita Bhattacharjee, AOR
Mr. Gopal Jha, AOR
Mr. Sandeep Singh, AOR
Mr. M. Shoeb Alam, AOR
Ms. Astha Sharma, AOR
Ms. Divya Roy, AOR
Mr. Debojit Borkakati, AOR
Mr. Durga Dutt, AOR
Mr. Vivek Gupta, AOR
Mr. Vipin Nair, AOR
Ms. Puja Sharma, AOR
Mr. Ravi Prakash, AOR
Mr. V. G. Pragasam, AOR
Ms. Aswathi M.k., AOR
Mr. Shekhar Kumar, AOR
M/S. Ram Sankar & Co, AOR
Mr. Raj Bahadur Yadav, AOR
Ms. Surbhi Mehta, AOR
Ms. K. Enatoli Sema, AOR
Mr. Anurag Kishore, AOR
Ms. Lubna Naaz, AOR
Mr. B. V. Balaram Das, AOR
Mr. Narendra Kumar, AOR
Mr. D. N. Goburdhan, AOR
Ms. Jaikriti S. Jadeja, AOR
Ms. G. Indira, AOR
Mr. Nitin Saluja, AOR
Mr. Yash Pal Dhingra, AOR
Mr. R. C. Kohli, AOR
Mr. Kuldip Singh, AOR
Mr. Mohit Paul, AOR
Mr. Shuvodeep Roy, AOR
Mr. Sandeep Kumar Jha, AOR
Ms. Garima Prashad, AOR
Mr. Chandra Prakash, AOR
Mr. Vinodh Kanna B., AOR
M/S. Karanjawala & Co., AOR
Mr. Sameer Shrivastava, AOR
Mr. Vikrant Singh Bais, AOR
Ms. Manju Jetley, AOR
Mr. Tapesh Kumar Singh, AOR
Mr. Ayush Sharma, AOR
Mr. Rajiv Yadav, AOR
Ms. Charu Ambwani, AOR
Ms. Misha Rohatgi, AOR
Mr. Gaurav, AOR
Mr. Vinod Sharma, AOR
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                        Mr.   Mritunjay Kumar Sinha, AOR
                        Mr.   Pradeep Misra, AOR
                        Mr.   Jogy Scaria, AOR
                        Mr.   Sunil Fernandes, AOR

           UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following
                              O R D E R

IA NO. 5000/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF NORTH DELHI
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION ) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has come up with this

application seeking to register 2 numbers of CNG BS-IV Tata Trucks with

water tankers and 46 CNG BS-IV Auto tippers.

Since these vehicles are to be put to use for public utility

services, the application is allowed as prayed for, following the Order

dated 18.09.2020 passed by this Court.

IA NO. 34084/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF EAST DELHI
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has come up with this

application seeking the registration of 20 numbers of Hook Loaders BS-VI

Chassis commercial vehicles.

These vehicles have hydraulically operated lifts used for loading

containers into trucks. These vehicles are used by the Corporation to

transfer garbage and waste to landfill sites and to help in solid waste

management.

Since the vehicles are to be put to use for public utility services,

the application is allowed following our earlier orders.

IA NOS. 33511 AND 33965/2021 (APPLNS. FOR IMPLEADMENT AND DIRECTIONS ON
BEHALF OF MUNNU SINGH) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

These applications are by a private individual seeking impleadment

and registration of a Maruti Vitara Brezza VDI BS-IV vehicle, allegedly

purchased on the occasion of the wedding of the applicant’s son.
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But it appears that the Transport Authority of the State of Uttar

Pradesh refused registration. Therefore, Shri A.D.N. Rao, learned Amicus

Curiae may verify whether the applications can be considered here or the

applicant should be permitted to move the Allahabad High Court.

Call after four weeks.

IA NOS. 95466 AND 95470/2020 (APPLNS. FOR IMPLEADMENT AND DIRECTIONS ON
BEHALF OF DELHI FIRE SERVICE, GNCTD) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

Delhi Fire Service has come up with these applications (i) for

impleadment; and (ii) for directing the Transport Department to register

30 fire units (BS-IV) claim to have been purchased before 31.03.2020.

Since the vehicles in question are to be put to use for public

purposes and also since they have been purchased before 31.03.2020 and

also registered on the E-Vahan portal, the applications are allowed.

IA NO. 46641/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF MR. P. NARSIMHA
MURTY) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application by an individual seeking a direction for

registration of Ashok Leyland ALPSV bus which is a BS-IV CNG vehicle.

Following our earlier order dated 18.09.2020, this application is

allowed.

IA NO. 45996/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF MR. SUSHIL GARG) IN
W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application by a private individual seeking registration

of a ISUZU high desk truck. Since it is a BS-IV CNG compliant vehicle,

this application is allowed following our previous orders.
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IA NO. 45999/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF B.S.M. PUBLIC
SCHOOL) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application filed by B.S.M. Public School seeking

registration of a ISUZU bus. Since it is a BS-IV CNG compliant vehicle,

this application is allowed following our previous orders.

IA NO. 28353/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF GEE DEE EDUCATIONAL
SOCIETY) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application filed by an Educational Society seeking a

direction to register 6 numbers of SML ISUZU school buses.

Since these buses are BS-IV CNG compliant vehicle, this application

is allowed following our earlier orders.

IA NO. 28185/2021 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF ALL INDIA KATARIA
EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application filed by an Educational Society seeking a

direction to register 3 numbers of SML ISUZU school buses.

Since these buses are BS-IV CNG Euro variant vehicles, this

application is allowed following our earlier orders.

IA NO. 130236/2020 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF KUMAR PAL SINGH)
IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application by a private individual seeking direction to

the concerned transport officer at Mathura to register a BS-IV diesel

car.

According to the applicant he purchased a VERNA car in February,

2020 and the same was granted temporary registration on 16.03.2020.

Since the vehicle is to be registered at Mathura, Shri A.D.N. Rao,

learned Amicus Curiae may verify and tell whether the applicant should

approach Allahabad High Court.

Call after four weeks.

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IA NO. 117511/2020 (APPLN. FOR DIRECTIONS ON BEHALF OF DELHI CANTONMENT
BOARD) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

This is an application by the Delhi Cantonment Board seeking a

direction for the registration of a CNG BS-IV truck.

The truck is intended to be used as a road broomer by the Cantonment

Board. Therefore, following our earlier order dated 18.09.2020, this

application is allowed.

I.A. No.142872 of 2019 (Disposed off) IN W.P.(C) NO. 13029/1985

Taken on Board.

This application was already disposed of by an Order dated

19.06.2020. While doing so, this Court directed the applicant, namely,

the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Prov. & Logistics) to file an

affidavit containing details such as the Engine Number, Chassis number

etc. of all the vehicles.

Pursuant to the said direction, the Deputy Commissioner of police

has filed an affidavit on 25.03.3021. The same is taken on record and

hence on this I.A. no further orders are necessary.

(SANJAY KUMAR-II)                                  (INDU KUMARI POKHRIYAL)
ASTT. REGISTRAR-cum-PS                             ASSISTANT REGISTRAR



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