Nadkarni raised objection, saying the appearance of the minister can be misused for political purposes.
He added however that there was nothing wrong in politicians appearing before the court.
"We understand that Mr Prashant Bhushan is a political person but he is not going to argue with the minister," the bench said.
Without seeking the presence of the transport minister, the top court further said: "We consider it appropriate that all the issues be considered simultaneously with the assistance of authority empowered to take decision." It then put up the matter for hearing after four weeks.
During the hearing, Bhushan, appearing for NGO - CPIL, said that as per the National
E-Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), 2020 EVs were to be procured by the government.
The authorities were also required to provide charging points for electric vehicles at public places like malls and petrol pumps.
Bhushan also said that under the scheme the authorities were required to promote sale of EVs by providing subsidies.
The bench adjourned the hearing for four weeks and ordered that in the meantime all issues relating to EVs be considered by the government with the assistance of an authority empowered to take decisions.
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