SC to hear J&K plea on NGT order

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on May 30 a plea of the Jammu and Kashmir government seeking a stay on proceedings before the National Green Tribunal that has sought a rehabilitation plan for those engaged in carrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi shrine on horses and mules, which has now been barred.

A Vacation Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar considered the submission of the State government that the NGT has recently asked the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit making a statement on various related issues before May 29.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and lawyer Shoeb Alam, appearing for the State government, said propriety demanded that once the apex court was seized of the matter relating to the rehabilitation policy for mule and horse operators, the NGT should not have proceeded on it.

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