National Green Tribunal has issued contempt notices to Uttar Pradesh government and other authorities on a plea seeking action against illegal manufacturing, storage and transportation of ethanol by distilleries and sugar mills in the state.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar sought response from Akhilesh Yadav government, Principal Secretary, Department of Excise and Excise Commissioner of UP, Chief Controller of Explosives and others for non-compliance of its May 9 order asking all sugar mills without requisite licence to stop alcohol production.
Contempt notices have also been issued against Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, Indian Sugar Mill Association and National Cooperative of Sugar Factories Ltd.
The matter is scheduled for hearing on October 6.
The order came on a contempt plea filed by NGO SAFE alleging that the authorities were allowing illegal operation of ethanol producing units without license and in contravention of the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules 1989, putting lives at grave risk.
It has also referred to UP government’s affidavit and contended that only two of the 35 distilleries had requisite license while the others were manufacturing ethanol illegally.
“The industries manufacturing absolute alcohol or ethanol were not only operating illegally without the requisite permission from competent authorities, but also manipulating the actual total production, storage and sales figures of absolute alcohol causing not only huge financial loss to state revenue but also jeopardising safety of people and environment,” the NGO said in its contempt plea.
The NGT on May 9 had directed that no manufacturer will produce absolute alcohol without seeking appropriate permission from the Ministry of Commerce, Chief Controller Explosives and other authorities.
“It is in view of the fact that under the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989 and Chemical Accidents (Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response) Rules 1996 as notified under the provision of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 such permission is required,” the tribunal had said.
The direction was passed while disposing of the plea seeking closure of all the ethanol units operating without the permission or not complying with provisions as specified under 1989 Rules.
The Allahabad High Court today issued contempt notice to the Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh, Debashish Panda, for allegedly not complying with the directions of the court to provide documents to suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur about departmental inquiry against the latter.
Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya gave this order on a contempt petition filed by Thakur alleging non-compliance of an earlier order of the court.
Thakur said that the court had directed the state government on January 13 this year to provide all departmental inquiry-related documents to him within four weeks but instead of providing them, the state government filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court which was dismissed on March 14.
After this, he filed this contempt petition in which the court passed today’s order.
Initiate contempt action has been declined by the Supreme court which was against Delhi Police for alleged delay in lodging FIR for missing child in the case of rape of a five-year-old girl but took serious exception that money was offered to the family members to keep quiet.
The court was not impressed with the submission that the concerned constable, who had offered Rs 2000 to the family, has been suspended and said he must not have been acting on his own.
“He must have been acting on some instruction. Do you think he was acting on his own? Why should a constable go himself and offer money. Somebody must have been responsible,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and justices Vikramajit Sen and Sharad Arvind Bobde said.
The remarks were made after Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra said the constable has been suspended and the police had acted swiftly on receiving the complaint about the missing girl child.
The bench said though it was not proceeding to issue notice on the contempt plea filed by an NGO, it was necessary to seek a short affidavit from the Delhi Police on the steps taken by it relating to the rape of the girl in east Delhi.
“We are not issuing Rule or notice but only asking the Delhi Police to file a short affidavit,” the bench said adding “since the ASG is present he is directed to file an affidavit relating to the matter”.
The bench, which posted the matter for hearing on May 6, was, however, annoyed that all sorts of people are filing petitions and applications on the issue.
“The problem is that everybody has started filing applications and it is difficult to find out which is a genuine,” according to the bench which was mentioned at the beginning of the hearing.
The Supreme Court Wednesday issued a contempt notice to the Dharampal Satyapal Group of Companies — manufacturers of chewing tobaco Rajnigandha and Tulsi — for marketing their product in plastic pouches in violation of court orders of December 2010.
An apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly issued notice to the company’s managing director, Rajiv Kumar, on an application filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation , drawing the court’s attention to the violation of its order.
The court said plastic pouches should not be used in any form and restrained the company from marketing its already manufactured produce, which was dated April 2011.
The ban on marketing of chewing tobacco in plastic pouches came into effect on March 31, 2011.