Rao said the petition filed by environmentalist Chandra Bhal Singh required an immediate stay as the members to the board were appointed in blatant violation of the wildlife act. NBWL grants clearances to all projects falling within 10 kilometers area of a national park or sanctuary, he said.
Notified on July 22, 2014 NBWL has only two non-official members in place of 10 and one quasi-government organization in place of five independent NGOs. Instead of nominating a representative each from 10 states and union territories by rotation, only five have been chosen. There was no NBWL for more than ten months.