Tuesday, 20 December 2011

{DUU-45} Delhi High Court : NEAA Cases 20-10-2008

MoEF Sec. appeared in the court.
Delhi High Court Case:- Vimalbhai Vs. Union of India
Issue:- Non-constitute the National Environment Appellate Authority {
Laywers: Adv. Sanjay Parikh
Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary of Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment

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Today, on 20-10-2008 the Secretary, MoEF was presented in the court but due to some other cases the Court did heard the case and now it is again listed on 5th November, 2008.
Last time matter was heard on 15.10.2008 before the Delhi High Court. The counsel appearing for the Ministry of Environment and Forest informed the judges that they asked the Supreme Court to provide them the telephone numbers of the retired judges of the Supreme Court but the Supreme Court has not provided them the numbers. And that's why they were not able to contact any one for appointment as Chairman of the NEAA. Just to inform the Chairman of NEAA can be a retired judge of Supreme Court of retired Chief Justice of High Court.
The statement of the Counsel of the Ministry took the Judges by surprise and they expressed their anguish by saying as how this country is running. The judges also said that the conduct shows that the Ministry is not interested in appointing the Chairman and Vice Chairman.
The counsel for the petitioner Mr. Sanjay Parikh informed the Court that the NEAA has till date dismissed all the case other than one. When Counsel argue the matter before the members of NEAA they don't appreciate the legal point and the members say they are not technical to understand the technical issues.
The High Court had asked the Secretary, MoEF to be present in the Court on 20.10.2008.

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