The Goa government has filed an application before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), seeking cancellation of a bailable warrant issued against Chief Secretary, Goa stating that latter’s absence during a hearing of the matter was for no fault of the State government.
The NGT on September 15, had issued a bailable warrant against Goa Chief Secretary B. Vijayan, for not remaining present in the court during the hearing of the matter. The case is filed by Goa Paryavaran Savrakshan Sangharsh Samitee, a local non-governmental organisation against M/S H L Nathurmal & Company, a mining company from Goa.
“There seems no will on the part of the State of Goa to do even the least favour of responding to the cause of restoration,” a three-member Tribunal had remarked.
In the affidavit submitted to the Tribunal, Goa Director of Mines and Geology Prasanna Acharya has stated that the State government shall henceforth attend proceedings in this matter through advocate on record for Goa.
The absence of the Chief Secretary was only on account of the fact that the State of Goa was neither aware of filing of the said miscellaneous application nor was aware about the date of hearing for the said matter. The entire fault in the present matter is that of the applicant, who did not affect the service of the said miscellaneous application on the State of Goa, Acharya has stated in his affidavit.
Acharya has further prayed that the observations made in the order dated September 15 as regards to the wilful absenteeism of State of Goa and the observations made therein be expunged.
The matter is likely to come up for further hearing on Friday, September 26