The Supreme Court on November 26, 2018, asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to initiate prosecution against government officials who have not acted on nearly 250 complaints received on its official social media accounts with regard to pollution in Delhi.
A Bench comprising of Justices Madan B. Lokur
and Deepak Gupta
was seemingly infuriated at the government officials’ inaction and said that officials who have failed to act on the complaints were required to be prosecuted. "Why do not you prosecute these officials? You should prosecute them. Let these people realise what they have done," the Bench told Additional Solicitor General A. N. S. Nadkarni
, who was appearing for the CPCB.
Nadkarni informed the Bench that from November 1, 2018, to November 22, 2018, this year, they had received 749 air pollution complaints on social media accounts and action was taken on around 500 such complaints. Earlier, on November 1, 2018, the CPCB informed the apex court that it has created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge their complaints about pollution in Delhi-national capital region (NCR).