Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has sharply pulled up the Modi government for not filing its response in a matter pertaining to road accidents. The CJI has gone ahead and imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the Nitin Gadkari-led Transport Ministry. “The government is the biggest litigant but it blames courts for not doing their work well. You (Centre) have not filed a counter affidavit for more than a year. Is this a Panchayat going on here?” TS Thakur asked. The Attorney General on his part assured the Supreme Court that the response from the government will be filed within a time span of three weeks.
The petition that the Centre has failed to respond to says that parking along the highways is a major source of fatal accidents. A year ago the government had sought two months’ time to file a reply.
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The court has fixed the next hearing date after three weeks. More details on the case are awaited.