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SC dismisses appeals filed by Mantri & Coremind Directs builders to approach NGT

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city kempThe two builders – Mantri & Coremind,  at the receiving end of the huge Rs 140 crore fine ordered by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) filed civil appeals before the Vacation Bench of the Supreme Court.
Disposing of the appeals the bench comprising of Justice A K Sikri and Justice U U Lalit asked petitioners to approach the NGT again by way of a review petition. A temporary stay was granted for payment of the fine amount until the NGT hears the review petition. Petitioners were also directed to file their review petitions before NGT within a week.
Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate and Raju Ramachandran Senior Advocate appeared on behalf of Coremind.
Gopal Subramaniam, Senior Advocate and R Venkatramani, Senior Advocate appeared for Mantri.
When the matter was called for hearing, the Senior Advocates representing the builders submitted that NGT has exceeded its jurisdiction by passing the impugned order and therefore the entire judgment is liable to be set aside by the Supreme Court.
After hearing the Senior Advocates for the parties the Supreme Court issued orders.  The Appellant were granted liberty to challenge the order of the NGT along with all their other contentions which would be passed by NGT after hearing the parties. The plea of the builders for a stay on the entire NGT order was rejected. To the extent that the builders have now been forced to go back to the NGT, the same forum which has already found evidence of serious wrong doing on their behalf, the verdict represents a setback for them. The spotlight shifts
back to the NGT

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