has reached the end of its life or not,” Gadkari’s ministry had said.
Since this matter is also slated to come up for hearing before the CJI-led bench, the government’s stand is likely to meet the same fate as the appeal by Jogdand.
Jogdand’s lawyer Debasis Misra argued that instead of the age of the vehicles, the fitness of the vehicles should be the criteria to stop them from plying on roads. He also contended that the NGT could not substitute by its order what has been written in the Motor Vehicles Act, which did not put a ban on vehicles older than 15 years.
Misra further asked: “If pollution inside the court room increases, will the lawyers be banned from entering the hall?” The bench, however, remained unimpressed with the arguments and said that there was no reason to interfere with the NGT order.
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2015 7:05 am