Supreme Court to hear plea seeking ban on 85 pesticides, notice to Centre

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court sought a response from Centre  to examine a plea seeking ban on nearly 85 pesticides which have been posing health complications.

A bench of Justices Arun Misra and Vineet Saran issued notices to the Centre and others on a plea by one Kavita Kuruganti who said empowering state governments to take decisions at their level for prohibition and restriction related to pesticides as deadly pesticidesis a major threat to the right to life of farm workers and farmers.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, argued for empowering the states, said that these pesticides have been banned in other countries but in India they are being allowed to be used which could pose serious health hazards to farmers.

The petition also pointed out 84 cases of hospitalisation in Yavatmal in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and 40 other cases stand testimony to this danger.

To complete probe into 2G scam in 6 months : Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today directed investigating agencies CBI and ED to complete their probe into the 2G spectrum allocation cases and other related matters in six months.

A bench of Justices Arun Misra and Naveen Sinha directed the Centre to file a status report on investigation into the 2G spectrum scam and related cases arising out of it, including the Aircel-Maxis deal, in two weeks.

The bench observed that the investigation has been going on for long time and people of this country cannot be kept in dark in the sensitive matter like this.

The apex court also relieved senior advocate Anand Grover, who was appointed by it in 2014 as Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case.

The court put a stamp of approval on the Centre’s decision to appoint Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehat by replacing Grover as the SPP in the 2G Spectrum case and dismissed a contempt petition filed by an NGO which has been pursuing the developments related to the scam in the apex court.