The Jaiprakash Associates limited (JAL) filed a revision petition against the order of a division bench imposing a fine of Rs 100 crore and ordering dismantling of its thermal plant for alleged violation of environmental norms. In its revision petition filed before the same bench, the JAL pleaded the machinery of the captive thermal power plant, ordered to be dismantled by the court, had never been established. The High court listed the case for June 15 after the summer vacation.
In the absence of any plant or machinery, the captive thermal power plant has never started functioning from the very inception till date it and remains a civil structure alone, the petition argued. Ordering dismantling of the plant, the high court bench of Justice Dipak Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol had on May 4 observed that “as far as the thermal plant is concerned, we find no extenuating circumstances to permit the thermal plant to continue. We accordingly quash the environmental clearance in respect of the thermal plant and direct JAL to dismantle it within three months”.
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