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No case against Swatanter Kumar, says MoEF

Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 31, 2014
First Published: 00:54 IST(31/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(31/5/2014)

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has declined to take any action against National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman Swatanter Kumar, facing sexual harassment charges by a law intern, on the ground the alleged misdemeanour, if any, wasn’t committed while holding the present office.

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MoEF is the nodal agency for NGT and has taken this stand in response to a petition filed by the alleged victim before the Supreme Court. In her petition, the alleged victim has challenged Supreme Court’s administrative decision of December 5 last year not to act upon complaints against retired judges including justice Kumar.

The harassment allegedly took place when justice Kumar was a sitting SC judge. She also wanted the SC to order justice Kumar’s removal as NGT chairman.

The MoEF’s affidavit stated: “..the alleged misconduct of the present chairperson does not pertain to nor is in any way relatable to the period during which he has been holding the office.”


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