Hyderabad: The High Court on Monday sought suggestions from the advocates and their clients concerned on protecting Hussainsagar lake from pollution caused by immersion of idols in the lake. A division bench comprising acting chief justice PC Ghose and justice Vilas V Afzulpurkar was dealing with a batch of petitions seeking ban on immersion of idols in water bodies and steps to protect the environment.
Mamidi Venu Madhav, an advocate and one of the petitioners, urged the court to grant an interim direction on immersion of Ganesh idols in the lake in view of the festival occurring this month. He said he had attended a meeting convened by the chief secretary with the officials and others concerned on the direction of the AP State Human Rights Commission on immersion, and the chief secretary said they were only executives of the government and banning immersion was a policy decision which could be taken only by the cabinet.
Reacting to the submission, justice Ghose said officer could initiate action to solve the issue which was purely environmental. He suggested constitution of a committee consisting of representative of the High Court Bar Association, senior counsels, amicus curie, the petitioners and secretaries of departments concerned to examine immersion of idols in the lake.
The court sought suggestions on protecting the lake from pollution caused by immersion of idols in the lake.