Herald: Two PILs challenge order changing NGT jurisdiction

Two PILs challenge order changing NGT jurisdiction

24 Aug 2017 05:52am IST

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24 Aug 2017 05:52am IST

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PANJIM: Two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have been filed before the High Court of Bombay at Goa challenging the order of MoEF & CC (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) transferring Goa cases to the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) at Delhi from Pune. 

The HC division bench on Wednesday passed a brief order, posting two additional PILs filed by activist groups for September 5. 

The public interest litigations challenge the unilateral shifting of Goa matters from the NGT Western Zone Bench at Pune to the Principal bench at New Delhi, and will now be heard along with the suo motu petition of the High Court. 

The two petitions have been filed by Kashinath Shetye and several other civil organisations like Goa Foundation, Rainbow Warriors, Margao and Baina Ramponkar Association. 

The High Court Bench on Monday, while taking sou motu cognizance of the issue, passed an order not to transfer Goa related files to the Delhi NGT bench based on the notification of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change till further orders. 

The move to transfer the cases to Delhi could deal a severe blow on the environmental movement in Goa and has been condemned by environmentalists across the State.

 It must be borne in mind that until now cases related to Goa were heard before the West Zone Bench at Pune.

 It is pertinent to note that around 40 per cent of the cases in the Pune Bench are from Goa and activists feel that the transfer is a deliberate attempt to stem the efforts to keep Goa green.

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