The Supreme Court on Friday decided to examine whether towers put up by mobile phone service providers in residential areas were a health hazard to humans and animals because of the ill-effects of electromagnetic radiation.
A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices R Banumathi and U U Lalit took up the matter as the National Green Tribunal had in a judgment refused to deal with the issue saying it did not have jurisdiction to determine whether electromagnetic radiation from cell phone towers could be termed as pollution.
The bench asked, “What is the material available to show conclusively that radiation is harmful for living beings? What is the scienti fic basis for saying electromagnetic radiation is harmful to humans and birds?“ The court said a former chief justice of a high co chief justice of a high court, Justice J L Gupta, had written a book saying he developed cancerous tumour because of excessive use of mobile phone. “We do not know whether it was scientifically proved,“ it said.
“Mobile phones have become a part of life. There are also some studies which say mobile phones too emit electromagnetic radiation.What is the solution? “ the bench asked.