Supreme Court sets aside the order of the National Green Tribunal dismissing an application on the ground of limitation and directs its adjudication on merits
Sridevi Datla v. Union of India & Ors.; Judgment dated 2 March 20211
A two judge bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court”) comprising of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat has set aside an order of National Green Tribunal (“NGT”) through which the NGT had rejected the appeal filed by the appellant against the environmental clearance (“EC”) granted for the construction of the Greenfield International Airport in Bhogapuram, Vishakapatnam.
The appeal before the NGT was filed beyond specified period of 30 days with an application for condonation of delay stating that the clearance and related documents were voluminous and the matter required some technical expertise, requiring the papers to be forwarded to experts and lawyers in Delhi, and the inter se communication delay. However, NGT had refused to condone the delay.
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