Mahindra, Mercedes-Benz India, and Toyota moved the Supreme Court today against the ban on registration of vehicles with engine capacities over 2000cc in the national capital. The order to ban registration of diesel vehicles over 2000cc in Delhi till March 31, 2016 came in December. Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, had said, “People’s life is at stake and you are interested in selling cars.”
An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice T. S. Thakur on Monday said the matter would be heard on Tuesday after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subramaniam appearing for the automobile manufacturers Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes and Toyota sought modification of its December 16, 2015 order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles above a 2000 cc engine capacity.
Moreover, the petition says they are doing service to common people by selling diesel-fueled vehicles.
The Supreme Court had issued a ban on registration of any new diesel cars in the capital and NCR region till March 31, 2016 to curb dangerously high levels of pollution. The SC also said that only CNG-run taxis will be allowed to ply in Delhi and NCR during this period.
The court has imposed the ban in the wake of alarming air pollution during the winter season.
(With Agency Inputs)