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Legal Action

In the course of enforcement of various environmental protection related Acts and Rules, a large number of writ petitions are being filed by the industries against the Board. At the same time, Board also files criminal cases against erring industries who violate environmental laws and Rules.

To deal with the legal related matters there is a legal cell in the Central Office headed by a Legal Officer and assisted by 3 legal assistants. The legal section is responsible for monitoring writ petitions and cases pending before various courts and tendering opinion on various issues involving legal implications.

To conduct cases on behalf of the Board before the various courts, Appellate Authorities etc., the Board has a panel of Advocates consisting of 45 members.

Further there is a Legal Advisory Committee headed by a Chairman with two other members. This committee renders opinion/advise on all important issues involving legal implications.

ABSTRACT OF LEGAL CASES AS ON 31.3.2012 (From the inception)

Criminal/Criminal Misc., cases filed by the Board in JMFC/CJM Courts
      I Cases filed from the inception 382
     II Cases disposed from the inception 170
    III Cases pending as on 31.3.2012 212
Writ Petitions & Writ Appeals before the High Court of  Karnataka  
I Cases filed from the inception 1301
II Cases disposed from the inception 1091
II Writ Petitions pending as on 31.3.2012 210
Appeals before the Appellate Authority under the Water/Air Act
I Cases filed from the inception 324
II Cases disposed from the inception 269
III Appeals pending as on 31.3.2012 55
PIL cases pending before the Honble Supreme Court of India  
I Cases filed from the inception 35
II PIL disposed 15
III PIL cases pending as on  31.3.2012 15

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