Supreme Court slams Centre for not responding to court on road safety issue

NEW DELHI: The Centre was on Friday pulled up by the Supreme Court for not filing it’s response on time in a matter pertaining to road safety.

The apex court also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on ministry of road and transport for the delay.

“You have not filed counter affidavit for more than a year. Is this a Panchayat going on here,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur observed adding “Court rebuked the Centre saying, “thousands are dying because of your indifferent attitude” while hearing a PIL pertains to action taken by the government to minimize the road accidents.

“You(Centre) is the biggest litigant in the court, you raise question on us that we (judiciary)don’t work, but what are you doing?, ” the court also noted.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi intervened and behalf of Centre assured the court that the response will be filed within three weeks.

The NGO Save Life Foundation has filed the PIL seeking framing of guidelines for vehicles carrying iron rods and other protruding objects which pose a serious threat of accidents.

But the second prayer regarding the law on stationary vehicles as the main cause of accidents is yet to be amended.

Initially the court was to impose Rs50,000 but later it has scaled down the fine to Rs25,000 and granted four weeks time to the Centre to file the response. The court in its order said the amount to be deposited in the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Trust. In the meantime, the Centre said that it has changed the law with regard to vehicles carrying protruding objects as they can only carry such objects protruding one metre more than the size of the vehicles.

NGO Save Life Foundation has filed the PIL seeking framing of guidelines for vehicles carrying iron rods and other protruding objects which pose a serious threat of accidents.

But the second prayer regarding the law on stationary vehicles as the main cause of accidents is yet to be amended.

‘Respond in four weeks’
Initially the court was to impose Rs50,000 but later it has scaled down the fine to Rs25,000 and granted four weeks time to the Centre to file the response. The court in its order said the amount to be deposited in the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Trust. In the meantime, the Centre said that it has changed the law with regard to vehicles carrying protruding objects as they can only carry such objects protruding one metre more than the size of the vehicles.

With Agencies