NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar retiresDecember 19, 2017 12:12
National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar today retired from the post after completing his five-year tenure.
His successor is yet to be appointed.
Justice Kumar resigned as Supreme Court judge after he was appointed NGT chairperson on December 20, 2012.
During his tenure as NGT chief, he passed several landmark orders and judgments. These include the ban on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles, the slew of directions for rejuvenation of the Ganga and Yamuna, the demolition of illegal hotels in Himachal Pradesh and the ban on plastic items in Delhi, Haridwar and Punjab.
His recent order capping the number of pilgrims at Vaishno Devi to 50,000 per day and his direction to maintain silence at Amarnath invited ire from various quarters.