HC Rejected Notification of National Green Tribunal

14 July 2021 Current Affairs:The Madras High Court rejected a 2017 Central notification that designated the North Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal in Delhi as a principal bench.

♦ It went on to say that if a procedure of transferring cases to Delhi is implemented, it will amount to denying access to justice.
♦ It was observed that the NGT’s five zonal benches are equally powerful, and their decisions are applicable throughout India.
♦ The zonal benches are as follows: Central Zone – Bhopal, East Zone – Kolkata, South Zone – Chennai, West Zone – Pune, and North Zone – New Delhi.

About NGT:
♦ According to the National Green Tribunal Act, it is a statutory body that was established in 2010.
♦ It is a specialized judicial institution, equipped with expertise, dedicated to hearing environmental cases in the country
♦ The National Green Tribunal (NGT) is chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge.
♦ It is not subject to the procedures stipulated in the 1908 Civil Procedure Law, but should be guided by the principles of natural justice.
♦ The Tribunal’s orders are binding, and it has the authority to grant relief in the form of compensation and damages to those who have been harmed.

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