No judge to hear

MoEF penalized for not appointing appellate authority

It is the forum for redressing grievances of people affected by environmental clearances, given by the government, to dams, infrastructure projects, mines and industrial activities. But a visit to the office of the National Environment Appellate Authority (neaa) at Bhikaji Cama Place, Delhi, would make one think one got the address wrong.
There is no board to indicate the office. Nor is there any activity in the office seen in other courts and consumer forums. Set up 11 years ago, the neaa is without a chairperson or vice-chairperson and is understaffed. Former Supreme Court judge, Justice N Venkatachala, was its first chairperson. He retired in 2000 and the post has remained vacant since. The vice-chairperson