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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Supreme Court on Friday, sought response from the Delhi government, on an appeal made by the Centre against a Delhi High Court order, within 3 weeks.

The bench led by justice AK Sikri clarified that there is no stay on observations made by the Delhi High Court single judge in the May 25 judgment.

“We are not inclined to go into the issue of stay at this stage and after getting the reply, we will look into it,” the bench said as reported by the Economic Times (ET).

The Centre in its May 21 notification had restrained the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from acting against its officers in criminal offences.

The notification stated that the Lieutenant Governor (LG) will have jurisdiction over matters concerned with services, public order, police and land, and he may consult with the Chief Minister whenever he thinks is necessary.

The bench also said that the High Court would hear a fresh petition filed by the Delhi government challenging the May 21 notification of the Centre, without being influenced by the observations made by the single judge in his verdict.

As per ET’s report, Centre, in its petition before the Supreme Court, has said that the observations made by the High Court led to uncertainty and made everyday administration in the national capital difficult.

It demanded for clear interpretation of Article 239 AA of the Constitution in balance of equation between the Delhi government and the LG.

The Centre also sought stay of the High Court judgment stating that it was issued without hearing it and listed nine grounds for setting it aside including that it “upsets the delicate constitutional balance for governance of Delhi and that too without an opportunity of hearing being given to the Union of India.”

 

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category

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It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality. Pixabay

For those living in and around Delhi, the coming days spell bad news as air quality entered the higher end of the poor category on Monday, with a worsening AQI score of 280, and is slated to enter the “very poor” threshold on Tuesday.

Yes, you heard it right, the blue skies that have been a complete treat for the Delhi-NCR over the last two months, off and on, are set to get grey.

The forecast of the “very poor” air quality is predicted mainly due to changing local weather conditions.

According to pollution watch by Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, developed by Ministry of Earth Science and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune the overall air quality of Delhi is in the higher end of the poor category.

“Further deterioration of the AQI is expected by October 15 to very poor category,” it said.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

The stubble burning activity in Haryana, Panjab, and nearby border regions are moderate but increasing. Safar said it is not necessarily affecting Delhi air if distance weather conditions establishing transport pathways are not favourable.

In the present scenario, although the magnitude of biomass-related transport is not very high but upper winds are flowing from North-North West towards Delhi with good speed and hence favourable enough to influence Delhi AQI with a share of more than 8 per cent by tomorrow (Tuesday) as per SAFAR forecasting model.

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After the monsoon withdrawal, the surface wind speed in Delhi continues to be slow and variable with predominant direction from the Northwest.

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category. (IANS)