Delhi High Court dismissed an LLM student’s petition seeking ₹ 15 lakh compensation and health insurance of ₹ 25 lakh from Centre and Delhi government on the ground of poor air quality in Delhi.
“Sir remember, the court is a serious place. Filing and the right to you to file your petition in this court, is not merely a tool for your resume and your CV. Next time you have a serious issue to raise, you are most welcome to do so but otherwise,” Justice Yashwant Varma told the petitioner.
The petitioner is an LLM student from Delhi University. He submitted relief while stating that the root of many diseases and severely affects human health. In the petition, he stated that pollution is a slow poison that cuts down the life of a person by five to nine years.
Hearing his submissions, the High Court bench stated, “I don’t want a general discussion on the subject of pollution and its side effects. I am asking you, to show us the material in support of personal injury by you. Any medical report, any medical evidence, examination of a doctor who may have treated you after you suffered any injury on account of pollution?”
To which the petitioner replied that he was facing breathing issues, but the personal injury due to pollution would become visible only in his old age at the age of 70 or 75 years.
He also quoted that Supreme Court has already expanded the scope of Article 21 of the Constitution of India by holding the “Right to clean pollution-free environment” as a fundamental right.
The bench found the writ petition misconceived and dismissed it.