A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath observed that the plea was not for public interest but for 'publicity interest only'.

During the hearing, the counsel appearing for petitioner Karuna Chhatwal referred to media reports and said the Delhi Government has not considered the suggestions on not exempting two-wheelers and women in the odd-even scheme.

When the counsel urged that the petition be heard, the bench observed, "Sorry, not at this stage. We are only saying that this writ petition is premature. If this was really a public interest litigation, we would not have done this."

Delhi-resident Chhatwal has approached the high court contending that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, in the second phase of the scheme, has exempted women and two wheelers which they should not have done.

She submitted that two-wheelers emit pollutants and account for almost 60 percent of air pollution while cars constitute a part of the remaining air pollution. She said the scheme was introduced to control air pollution and exempting women drivers will defeat the very objective.

The AAP government had announced that the second phase of the 15 days odd-even scheme will start for a fortnight from April 15.

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