NHAI alleges Environment Protection Act enacted at the instance of foreign powers, NGOs are anti-national: Karnataka HC demands explanation

Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, who was heading the Bench, said that he had, in his 17 years as High Court judge, never come across such obnoxious arguments by a public sector undertaking.

The Karnataka High Court on Monday took strong exception to arguments made by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on affidavit that Environment Protection Act of 1986 (EP Act) was enacted by the Parliament at the instance of foreign powers and non-profit organisations which file public interest litigation petitions under the EP Act are acting at the instance of such foreign powers.

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