Hours after he bid farewell to the Supreme Court, a notification by Department of Personnel and Training has intimated the appointment of Justice AK Goel as the new Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
His tenure as NGT Chairperson has been specified as being for a period of five years from the date he assumes office, or till he reaches the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier.
The notification dated today states,
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for appointment of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judge Supreme Court of India as Chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT), in the pay scale and with such allowances and benefits as are admissible for the post, for a period of 05 years w.e.f the date of assumption of charge of the post, or till the age of 70 years, whicehever is earlier.
2. Necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Envrionment, Forest & Climate Change.”
Justice Goel enrolled at the Bar in 1974. He practised before the Punjab & Haryana High Court for five years and the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court for about twenty-two years.
He was elevated as the judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court in 2001 before being transferred to Gauhati High Court in September 2011, where he became Chief Justice in December 2011. He was then transferred as Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court in October 2013 before being elevated to the Supreme Court where he took charge on July 7, 2014.