Centre pleads SC to vacate order on National Wildlife Board

The Centre Friday pleaded before the Supreme Court to vacate its order restraining the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) from implementing any of its decisions for allegedly altering the composition of the apex regulatory body relating to wildlife.

PTI| Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 19:44 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre Friday pleaded before the Supreme Court to vacate its order restraining the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) from implementing any of its decisions for allegedly altering the composition of the apex regulatory body relating to wildlife.

Appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi pleaded for an urgent hearing for recalling the order saying that it affects the functioning of the board.

The apex court had in August had said that the panel's constitution is not in consonance with the Wildlife Act, 1972.

It had passed the order on a plea of Chandra Bhal Singh, who alleged that on July 22, the Centre amended the 2003 notification, whittling down the earlier provision of nominating at least five persons representing five NGOs to just one NGO.

Similarly another clause in 2003 notification which permitted 10 people to be nominated by the Centre had been restricted to just two members, wildlife scientist Raman Sukumar and retired forest officer H S Singh, the petitioner had alleged.

The NBWL is headed by the Prime Minister and is the top body under the 1972 Act and its standing committee, headed by the Environment Minister, reviews projects which fall in and around national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves.