Media blamed court for closure of Delhi schools: CJI

Following Supreme Court suggestions, the Delhi government has ordered for closure of schools in Delhi due to air crisis

Media blamed court for closure of Delhi schools: CJI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that it has been portrayed as villains by some sections of the media for suggesting the Delhi government closure of schools on account of the air pollution in the Capital.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant observed that the court has been portrayed as villains by the media regarding the closure of the schools.

"One thing what we observed is, whether intentional or unintentional, some sections of media portrays us that we are the villains who want to close down the schools. On your own, you (the Delhi government) opened the schools. But see today's newspapers."

"That is my complaint too. You must put the blame where it is. Today, one newspaper has conveyed in particular that the hearing was aggressive combat and Court started to take up the administrative duty.", senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

"We cannot interfere with freedom of speech and expression and you are from a political party and can hold a press conference, but we cannot do so."


During the hearing, the Court also discussed the constitution of a task force to deal with the air pollution situation, as well as the deployment of flying squads. SG Mehta further told the Court that PNG industries will only be allowed to run for eight hours, Bar and Bench reported.

The Court ultimately directed the Centre and the Delhi government to implement its orders of December 2. The matter will be taken up next on Friday, December 10