Green tribunal fines appellant for frivolous litigation
Feb. 9, 2012
Baijnath Prajapati had challenged the environmental clearance granted to a thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh but later withdrew his plea
In an effort to control frivolous litigation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on a person who first challenged the environmental clearance granted to a thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh but later withdrew his plea saying the project was good for development of the region.
An NGT bench headed by Justice A S Naidu imposed the fine on Baijnath Prajapati on January 20, a resident of Anuppur district in Madhya Pradesh. He had moved the tribunal on September 15, 2011, challenging the environmental clearance granted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to Moser Baer Power Madhya Pradesh Limited (MBPMPL) for a coal-based thermal power plant.
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