NGT fines Volkswagen with Rs 100 crore for emission scandal

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed Volkswagen to pay the Rs 100 crore to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by Friday, 5 pm or else face punitive action including arrest of carmaker’s country MD and seizure of all properties in India.

The NGT slammed the German automaker for not depositing Rs 100 crore in accordance with its November 16, 2018 order and directed it to submit the amount within 24 hours.

Recently, a four-member panel appointed by the NGT penalised Volkswagen approximately Rs 171 crore for violating emission norms.

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Earlier, the company had unsuccessfully challenged in the Supreme Court a previous NGT directive, which asked it to cough up Rs 100 crores for emission violations.

A four-member committee constituted by NGT had recommended a fine of Rs 171.34 crore on Volkswagen for excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The Committee in its report had estimated that Volkswagen cars allegedly released 48.678 tonnes of NOx in 2016 in the National Capital Area.

(With ANI inputs)

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