Supreme Court Asks MoEF To Issue Appointment Letters To Incumbent Members Of NGT In 4 Wks, Who May Join Office Immediately Thereafter

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Asks MoEF To Issue Appointment Letters To Incumbent Members Of NGT In 4 Wks, Who May Join Office Immediately Thereafter Mehal Jain17 Nov 2020 11:38 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that appointment orders be issued to the incumbent judicial and technical members of the National Green Tribunal without further delay, who may join office immediately thereafter.The bench headed by Justice A. M. Khanwilkar noted the submission of ASG N. Venkataraman that pursuant to the orders of July 23 and August 14 of the court, the proposal…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that appointment orders be issued to the incumbent judicial and technical members of the National Green Tribunal without further delay, who may join office immediately thereafter.The bench headed by Justice A. M. Khanwilkar noted the submission of ASG N. Venkataraman that pursuant to the orders of July 23 and August 14 of the court, the proposal regarding the appointment of the members has been forwarded to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) with due compliances for final decision.”In light of the observations already made, there is no manner of doubt that the authorities must act with utmost expeditiousness, as no further delay is desirable in view of the current situation created with the Tribunal functioning with less than the minimum statutory strength”, said the bench, also comprising Justices B. R. Gavai and Krishna Murari.Deferring the hearing by 4 weeks, the bench ordered that appointment orders be issued to the incumbent judicial and technical members of the National Green Tribunal without further delay, who may join office immediately thereafter.The bench required that a copy of this order be placed before the Secretary, MoEF for information and necessary action and a compliance report be submitted to the court before the next date.The bench had on August 14 directed the Central Government to expedite the process of appointment of Judicial and Expert Members to the National Green Tribunal.Section 4 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 stipulates inter alia that the Tribunal shall consist of (a) a full time Chairperson; (b) not less than ten full time Judicial Members and (c) not less than ten full time Expert Members.The Petitioners had informed the Top Court that as on July 23, 2020 there were 7 vacant posts of Judicial Members and 6 vacant posts of Expert Members in the Tribunal. Consequently, the working strength of the Tribunal had been reduced only to 7 Members.The Government on the other hand submitted that process for appointment of Members was underway. An advertisement had already been published for filling up of 9 vacancies towards Judicial Members and the process of filling up of 6 vacant posts of Expert Members was also at an advance stage.In view of this submission, the Court has requested the Selection Committee to “expedite the processes so that the applicant(s) will able to issue appointment letters to meet the piquant situation created due to reduced working strength of the Tribunal…”The Bench cautioned that working of only seven Members is “opposed” to the mandate of Section 4 which prescribes that the minimum strength of the Tribunal at any given point of time should not be less than ten Members.It also asked the Government to “speed up” the selection process for Judicial Members to keep up with the mandate of law which requires that the strength of Judicial Members and Expert members is “equivalent”. “Merely expediting the selection process for Expert Members alone may result in mismatch in the ratio between the two sources (Judicial Member and Expert Member),” the bench said.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Fletcher: Why I don’t care about cheating in Hall of Fame voting

first_imgBarry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez all cheated.And I don’t care.I know I’m supposed to care, but if I’m being totally honest with myself, and not just feeling what I’m supposed to feel, I just don’t.These guys are just baseball players, and I’m really not looking for them to be anything more. Sure, the ballot says I should take “character” into account, but the Hall is already dotted with people of questionable character, so the bar is pretty low.I have voted for the “steroid guys” in part because it didn’t bother me that much, but also because I didn’t feel it bothered the sport that much.Major League Baseball allowed, and I believe even encouraged, players to use performance-enhancing drugs during that era. I wasn’t going to punish them retroactively.Ramirez, though, was a part of a slightly different era, when MLB tested for steroids. He was suspended twice, so he presented a new question. Logically, I could justify distinguishing him from Bonds and Clemens.As I thought about it, though, Ramirez’s PED use still didn’t bother me. It just didn’t. The outrage just isn’t there.These are just baseball players doing what high-level athletes do, which is push the envelope to wring every ounce of performance out of their bodies.They live in a world where a tiny decline in physical skill can cause a huge decline in results. A little less fastball, a little less bat speed can mean the end of a career.The players in the 1960’s and 70’s who popped amphetamines were doing the same thing, even though it didn’t work as well.The difference was science, not integrity.Legendary Negro Leaguer Buck O’Neil famously said: “The only reason players in my time didn’t use steroids is because we didn’t have them.”So let’s just dispense with the “character” charade. The Hall of Fame is a museum that recognizes the best baseball players.Period.Now that we’ve lifted the PED question from the Hall of Fame ballot, it becomes only slightly less complicated, though.It’s still a hair-splitting exercise of distinguishing the top 1 percent from the top 2 percent.It’s easy to check the names of Bonds, Clemens and Ramirez, and not that difficult to add Jeff Bagwell, a PED-suspected player whose numbers easily place him among the best first basemen of all time.I also checked the box for Tim Raines, who I have voted for consistently for years.Those five boxes checked, there were 13 others I felt deserved a long look.They included five I had previously deemed worthy of a yes: Jeff Kent, Gary Sheffield, Trevor Hoffman, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina. There were five on whom I’d passed previously: Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Billy Wagner. And there were three new names: Vladimir Guerrero, Pudge Rodriguez and Jorge Posada.I took a fresh look at all 13. I was searching for dominance and longevity, but mostly the former.Give me Sandy Koufax over Don Sutton every time.I prefer high-rate stats to raw accumulations of hits or homers.Without getting too deep into the numbers, I quickly realized I’d been underrating Martinez. He had nine seasons with an adjusted OPS+ of 150, the most of any hitter on my list.I had been discounting his stats too much because of being a DH or not having a long enough career. He did enough. I voted for Martinez, for the first time.The same type of analysis also encouraged me to drop Kent and Sheffield, who didn’t have as many dominant seasons as I’d remembered when I voted for them before. Sosa, Posada and McGriff also came up a little short by the same logic.Rodriguez and Guerrero also had fewer dominant seasons than I’d expected, but still earned my vote.With Rodriguez, his defense put him over the top. He won 13 Gold Gloves, and was probably the best defensive catcher in history.As for Guerrero, this combination is hard to ignore: He hit .318 with 449 homers. The only five other players who can match both of those are Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Stan Musial. Those aren’t merely Hall of Famers, they are short-list, best-of-the-best, inner-circle Hall of Famers.That leaves Walker, whose numbers definitely warrant induction, especially in terms of dominant seasons. I certainly might vote for him in the future, but for now he doesn’t make my cut because of the Coors Field factor. His career OPS on the road was .865, which is very good but not quite Hall of Fame-worthy.Now, the pitchers. Schilling and Mussina were relatively easy. Both of them rank above the average Hall of Famer in adjusted ERA. Schilling also had a 2.23 postseason ERA, leading his teams to three World Series titles.And that’s 10, the limit.Hoffman had gotten my vote before, but when I looked deeper, his ERA and WHIP weren’t all that special among the other closers of his era. And he wasn’t even as effective as Wagner. Hoffman’s ERA+ was 141, compared to Wagner’s 187.Wagner, however, came up a little short in quantity. He pitched almost 200 fewer innings than Hoffman, and Hoffman had him by 183 saves.If you could combine Hoffman’s quantity with Wagner’s quality, you’d have a Hall of Famer.Call him … Mariano Rivera. He’ll get my vote when it’s his time.Hoffman and Wagner? Not now. Especially not since I would have had to knock off someone else to vote for either. I couldn’t justify either of them over any of the other 10.But I will look at them all again next year.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more