NGT imposes Rs 500 crore fine on Volkswagen for ‘cheating’ emission tests

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today slapped a fine of 500 Crore rupees on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment using cheat device in its diesel cars in India.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 7, 2019 14:08

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today slapped a fine of 500 Crore rupees on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment using cheat device in its diesel cars in India.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the carmaker to deposit the amount within two months.

In November last year, the green panel had said that use of ‘cheat device’ by Volkswagen leads to the inference of environmental damage and had directed the carmaker to deposit an interim amount of 100 crore rupees with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The tribunal also constituted a joint team of representatives of the CPCB, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

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