MADURAI: Invoking ‘parens patriae’ jurisdiction, the Madurai Bench of Madras Substantial Court just lately declared ‘Mother Nature’ to be a ‘living being’ owning the status of a lawful entity and directed the Central and Point out governments to acquire measures to protect it.
Justice S Srimathy reported so when disposing of a petition filed by previous income formal, A Periyakaruppan, requesting the courtroom to modify his punishment for granting patta for forest land in Megamalai village.
But as the claimed pattas ended up cancelled afterwards, she modified his punishment from ‘compulsory retirement’ to ‘stoppage of increment for 6 months devoid of cumulative effect’. “This punishment is imposed for the act carried out against Mother Mother nature,” she explained.
Justice Srimathy reported that below the guise of sustainable development, human beings should really not ruin character. “If sustainable development finishes off all our biodiversity and methods, then it is not sustainable development, it is sustainable destruction. The phrases like ‘sustainable development’, ‘the polluter pays’, ‘the precautionary principle’ shall not be permitted anymore,” she mentioned.
She also referred to a judgment passed by the Uttaranchal Substantial Court in 2017 wherein the substantial court docket, by invoking parens patriae jurisdiction, declared the glaciers as authorized entities, with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person, in get to preserve and conserve them.
Non-bailable warrant against I-T officers
Chennai: The Madras Higher Court docket requested non-bailable warrants towards two Revenue Tax officers for wilful disobedience of the court’s orders and for failing to show up just before the courtroom. A division bench recently handed the orders for issuing non-bailable warrants versus BL Meena, Principal Commissioner of Money Tax, and B Lapila, an administrative officer, on a contempt of court docket petition by V Sampangi Ramaiah of Krishnagiri district. Police have been informed to deliver them in court on June 6.