The Supreme Court has asked the ministry of environment and forests to come out with clear guidelines to contain illegal waste oil trade in India. Mint had reported on 27 August as to how some traders were adulterating furnace oil with illegally procured waste oil. In addition, waste oil was also illegally imported.
The court asked the additional solicitor general to give a comprehensive note in consultation with Sanjay Parikh, counsel for the petitioner. It also directed the ministry to implement the recommendations of the M.G.K. Menon Committee on waste and used oil, set up by the court.
On unregulated distribution and adulteration of waste oil from ships, the court noted the issue and agreed to hear the matter in the next hearing, to be scheduled in the next four weeks. “The court asked the ministry to list out the importers, who illegally imported the 133 containers of waste oil, and make them pay for it. The court will pass orders on the 209 other containers of waste oil which are lying at ports at the next hearing,” said Parikh.