Supreme Court ‘extremely unhappy’ with NGT’s ‘mechanical’ orders India News – Times of India

New Delhi: What can trouble the National Green Tribunal (NGT)? Supreme court has put its scanner on several instances of NGT Passing the “mechanical and pre-draft” order, it said it would soon take up the issue and pass corrective orders.
Hearing an appeal against the NGT’s May 4 verdict, a Ghaziabad-based builder was slapped with an allegedly arbitrary fine of Rs 40 crore for allegedly building without the necessary environmental clearance, a bench of Justices Surya said. Kant and JB Pardiwala on Friday ordered a stay on the recovery of the fine and posted the matter for hearing on August 12.
A bench headed by Justice Kant said, “This is not the first case. Mechanical and pre-draft orders are being passed (by NGT) almost every day. We are very unhappy with this and will soon take cognizance of such orders and pass appropriate orders.
to appear for Savfab BuildtechSenior advocate Neeraj K Kaul told the court that the NGT bench headed by Chairperson Justice Adarsh ​​K Goel, without giving the builder an opportunity to rebut the findings, blindly relied on the report of the joint committee, and proceeded with imposing an arbitrary fine. gone up. Violation of SC guidelines on acceptance of reports of such committees by tribunals.
With the increasing number of cases relating to environment and pollution in the High Courts, the NGT was created with exclusive jurisdiction over such matters and was created to reduce the burden on the High Courts. Appeals against the orders of the NGT are to be filed directly in the SC.
The current NGT chairperson, Goel, when he was a judge of the SC, had strongly and repeatedly opposed Kant’s appointment in 2017-18, when a Punjab and Haryana HC Judge, as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh HC on certain unverified assets related allegations. Goel’s reservation was overruled and Kant was appointed CJ.
Later, when Kant’s name was being considered for appointment as a judge in the SC, the activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan The then CJI. wrote to Ranjan Gogoi are opposing it. However, Gogoi overruled the objections and the collegium headed by him recommended the appointment of Kant as an SC judge, which he became on May 24, 2019.