Justice Swatanter Kumar is B.A., LL.B. He was born 0n 31.12.1947.
Justice Swatanter Kumar on Thursday became the first chairperson of the National Green Tribunal.
Justice Swatanter Kumar, a Supreme Court judge, also earned the distinction of becoming the first apex court judge to take over as the head of the National Green Tribunal after demitting his judgeship.
The National Green Tribunal is the apex body constituted under a 2010 Act for deciding cases pertaining to environmental protection and conservation of forests and natural resources.
The National Green Tribunal was till date functioning without a full-time chairperson.
His appointment comes days after Chief Justice Altamas Kabir conveyed to the Centre his agreement with predecessor Justice S H Kapadia’s recommendation for appointment of Justice Swatanter Kumar as the National Green Tribunal(NGT) chairperson.
The government had earlier sought certain “clarifications” from Justice Kabir over appointment of Justice Swatanter Kumar despite Justice Kapadia’s recommendation. Subsequently, a Supreme Court Bench, which is adjudicating a matter relating to appointment of members to the tribunal and proper functioning of the NGT, had taken exception to the government’s move.
It had questioned Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok’s submission that the appointment of the NGT chairperson had not been notified since the file had been re-sent to the new CJI for some “clarifications”.
The Bench had asked for a categorical undertaking from the Centre as to by when it intended to appoint the new chief and make the NGT properly functional. On December 12, government’s counsel told the court that the NGT chairperson’s appointment shall be notified within four weeks.
We are a team of current affairs curators. We help readers remain aware of the current happenings around them. We are especially helpful to all the student community as we aggregate the current affairs required by them for their examinations and provide them current affairs detailed articles as well as current affairs tits-bits.