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The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi has issued notice in a petition praying for restrictions on use of papers, flyers, posters, pamphlets etc. for canvassing or campaigning by electoral candidates in the upcoming Delhi State Bar Council elections.
The petition filed by Advocate Narender Pal Singh, on behalf of the Legal Aid Committee of the NGT, puts forth the following prayers:
“(i) The Respondents 1 to 3 may kindly be directed to ensure that Bar Council elections are conducted and completed without degrading and polluting environment;
(ii) The respondents 4 to 176 may kindly be directed to ensure the compliance of environmental norms and be retrained from using paper in any mode of canvassing and campaigning;
(iii) The Respondent 4 to 176 may kindly be directed to adopt alternative environmental friendly modes of canvassing in Bar Council Delhi Elections; [sic]”
The Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Bar Council of Delhi and electoral candidates standing for the upcoming Delhi Bar Council elections have been impleaded as parties.
Notice returnable by March 12 was issued by the Bench comprising of judicial members Jawad Rahim and Raghuvendra S Rathore, and expert members Satyawan Singh Garbyal and Nagin Nanda.
The matter will now be taken up on Monday next week.
Read the order below.