Delhi HC rejects plea submitted by law student seeking health insurance due to air pollution
The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition by an LLM student seeking compensation of Rs 15 lakh and health insurance of Rs 25 Lakh from the central government and Delhi due to air pollution in the capital. national. The petitioner claimed that air pollution affects the lungs and can cause serious diseases like lung cancer.
Judge Yashwant Varma dismissed the petition after noting that there was no physical or medical evidence to show any bodily injury to petitioner Shivam Pandey. While denying the petition, the court said, “The court is a serious place and filing or the right to file a petition with this court is not just a tool for your resume or CV. Next time you have a serious issue to raise, you are welcome to do so.”
The court declared that the motion in writ is erroneous and is therefore dismissed. The petitioner said pollution is a slow poison that shortens a person’s life by five to nine years.
After hearing the petitioner’s submissions, the Court said: “I do not want a general discussion on the subject of pollution and its side effects. I ask you to show us the documents in support of your injuries. Any medical report, any medical evidence, examination by a doctor who could have treated you after you suffered an injury from the pollution?” The petitioner stated that he was facing respiratory problems, but that bodily harm from pollution would only become visible in old age, at the age of 70 or 75. He also argued that pollution is the cause of various diseases as it severely affects human health.
The petitioner requested Rs 15 lakh as compensation for specific and exemplary damages caused to him due to air pollution. He also applied for medical insurance for himself due to air pollution. It was stated in the petition that air pollution has adverse effects on human health and leads to headaches, eye and skin irritations, respiratory problems as well as related ailments.
The petitioner also pointed out that the Supreme Court has already expanded the scope of Article 21 of the Constitution of India by considering the “right to a clean and pollution-free environment” as a fundamental right. (ANI)
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