SC summons Bengal Environment Secretary on Wednesday

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the West Bengal Environment Secretary to present in court on Wednesday and also sought a status report on the critically and severely polluted areas in the state.

A bench chaired by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishnan Kaul asked the official to be present as it is observed that even after a lapse of five weeks the state has not filed its response on the matter.

The court in its last hearing on January 16, directed all the states to file affidavits stating the position of their critically and severely polluted areas.

The court then said that in the event of a failure to do so, the Environment Secretary would have to be present in the court personally.

However, all but West Bengal complied with the apex court’s order.

The bench was irked when counsel for West Bengal asked the time of two more weeks’ to file the affidavit.

“You are a wonderful lawyer. You will not file affidavit in five weeks. You want two more weeks’ time. And you will also not bring the man as ordered last time,” the bench observed.

Wefornews Bureau

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