Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s ideas on adoption of electric vehicles could help the Supreme Court in the case seeking implementation of the 2012 government policy on electric vehicles (EVs), Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde said on Wednesday.

The CJI suggested the minister’s personal presence in court to explain his views could benefit the case.

Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni, Centre’s law officer, however, submitted that seeking a minister’s personal presence might give political colour to the case and send a wrong message. 

The CJI then clarified that the court is only requesting the presence of the minister to elicit his views and not indicting or passing any orders against him. “He has made many statements on the issue. We are not indicting or ordering him. But want to hear him,” the CJI said. The court, however, did not pass any order to this effect; instead it gave the central government four more week to file its response to the petition.


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