“However, according to Defence Ministry, there is no such connection,” AG informed.
Meanwhile, Mr Venugopal sought two weeks to file a reply to put his stand on record.
The bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, Hemant Gupta and BR Gavai posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks to allow the Centre to file it’s reply.
The top court had upheld the recommendation of the minority members of the high-powered committee on September last year.
It had also asked the implementing agencies to reduce the width of the road to 5.5 metre for the whole project.
On February 7, 2021, flash floods in Uttarakhand destroyed more than 10 villages, leading to the deaths of over 50 people, with around 150 still missing.
The cause of the disaster is said to be due to the bursting of a glacial lake which was apparently triggered by a landslide. (UNI)