Home / Companies / News /  Delhi HC reserves order in Haryana’s appeal against Maruti Suzuki

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday reserved its order on an appeal filed by the Haryana State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (HSEIAA) against an order by a single judge of the high court in a case involving Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

Maruti had first approached the court to restrain the HSEIAA from initiating action against the carmaker for failing to obtain what it alleged were mandatory prior environmental clearances with respect to the construction of three different projects in Haryana.

Judge hearing the case, while saying Maruti was bound to take environmental clearance, had passed an order in May directing the HSEIAA to grant a retrospective environmental clearance to Maruti and to not initiate any criminal action against it. He also said Maruti’s actions were without malafide intent.

HSEIAA, in its appeal before a division bench of chief justice G. Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, argued that the appropriate forum for such a dispute was the National Green Tribunal.

HSEIAA argued that there was no legal provision for grant of environmental clearance with retrospective effect and not initiating criminal action against Maruti would amount to the government violating the Environment Protection Act of 1986.

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