NEW DELHI: In a major verdict, the Supreme Court declared that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) can take cognizance of suo motu on the basis of petitions by letter and media reports under the NGT Act of 2010 and can also initiate proceedings on matters relating to environmental significance.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar delivered judgment on a batch of petitions seeking directions on the suo motu jurisdiction of NGT. “NGT is the institutionalization of the developments made by this Court in the field of environmental law. These progressive steps have enabled it to inherit a very broad conception of environmental concerns. Its functions should therefore not be viewed in a scrutiny manner, which undermines the progress already made in Indian environmental jurisprudence, ”said the judgment.
He further stated that “the NGT Law, when read as a whole, gives NGT a lot of leeway to go beyond a mere adjudicative role. Parliament’s intention is clearly discernible to create a multifunctional body, with the capacity to provide remedies for environmental requirements. Accordingly, the principles of environmental justice and environmental equity must be explicitly recognized as the common threads of the fabric of NGT.
Panel files contempt plea as Kappan feels unwell
New Delhi: Kerala Union of Working Journalists has filed for contempt of the Supreme Court alleging that journalist Siddique Kappan, imprisoned for over a year, is ill and in great pain due to lack of medical care. The plea also cited an earlier order of the SC in which it observed that due to the apparently precarious state of health of the arrested person, it is necessary to provide him with adequate and effective medical assistance.