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Centre fined by SC for not filing respose on road accidents

News Agencies | Updated on: 12 August 2016, 13:21 IST

The Supreme Court today pulled up the Centre for not filing a response in a matter pertaining to road accidents. It also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the Ministry of Road and Transport.

Speaking for the Government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi gave an assurance that the response will be filed within three weeks.

The Apex Court rebuked the Centre, saying, "Thousands dying because of your indifferent attitude."

During the hearing, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur slammed the Centre saying the government was the biggest litigant but has always blamed the court for not performing well.

"You have not filed counter affidavit for more than a year. Is this a Panchayat going on here?" Thakur observed in the Apex Court.

The Centre had earlier filed its response to a PIL, seeking framing of guidelines for vehicles carrying iron rods and other protruding objects which pose a serious threat of accidents.

But the second prayer regarding the law on stationary vehicles as the main cause of accidents is yet to be amended.


First published: 12 August 2016, 13:21 IST