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SC gives a bitter ' PIL' to AAP.

pervaded into the Public Interest Litigation ( PIL) being heard by the Supreme Court seeking effective steps to check the spread of dengue and chikungunya also.

Two weeks after the LG Najeeb Jung asked Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to return from Finland in view of the outbreak of the vector- borne diseases, the AAP government has hit back accusing officers reporting to him of not cooperating and taking responsibility in curbing the diseases.

But the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the AAP government for not filing the fresh affidavit demanded two days ago by the court in which it had sought the names of the non- cooperating officials.

A bench headed by justice Madan B Lokur had sought the names of the officials and the evidence of their non- cooperation by Monday.

Court demands fresh affidavit in dengue case

" If people are dying you do not need 24 hours to file an affidavit.

When deaths take place some urgency is called for. You had made tall claims on that day and now you cannot file an affidavit ?" the bench asked imposing a cost of Rs 25,000 on Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

The AAP government's lawyers said they were " not getting officers to file it". But the bench was not impressed or convinced.

" You have made a serious allegation in your affidavit. Who are the officials disobeying you? People in Delhi are suffering from dengue and chikungunya. You cannot treat them like this", a bench headed by Justices M B Lokur had said.

Jain's affidavit in response to notices issued to Delhi government on a PIL, which was taken suo motu cognisance of by the apex court affidavit, also mentioned that files pertaining to these diseases were being sent to LG for clearance.

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