PIL filed seeking a ban on stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana

Aditya Dubey (Minor) & Ors. vs. UOI
Writ Petition(s) (Civil) No(s). 1135/2020

Facts
The plea has been filed by Aditya Dubey, a class 12 student in which he has asked to issue direction to the Punjab and Haryana governments to ban stubble burning, which usually takes place between September and December every year, against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On October 16, a three-judge bench of Chief Justice S. A. Bobde, Justice A. S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian has ordered to appoint Justice Madan B. Lokur as head of a one-man committee to monitor/prevent stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.

Argument of Solicitor General appearing for the Goverment

He seeked abeyance of the last order of the Court by submitting that that making of a comprehensive legislation with regard to the issue is a welcome step and is being considered by the Centre.

Held
The Court observed that since the Central government has proposed legislation to tackle the problem highlighted in the PIL, hence, the measures adopted by the court in the previous hearing shall be kept in abeyance.

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