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M.C. Mehta: Water Pollution Control and the Role of Judiciary India

November 07, 2013

Water Pollution Control and the Role of Judiciary India- M.C. Mehta (Mahesh Chander Mehta) belongs to a small village in district Rajouri in the State of Jammu & Kashmir (India). After his schooling at Rajouri he moved to Jammu and completed his Post Graduation in Political Science and Law degree from Jammu University and started his practice in Jammu & Kashmir High Court. During his stay in Jammu he took active part in social and political issues. He raised his voice against corruption and motivated students and youth to fight against discrimination taking place within the Jammu region. His career as a Supreme Court lawyer began in 1983, when he migrated to Delhi. In 1984, he began focusing on environmental litigation. Mr. Mehta is one of the founders of the Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA), and director of the M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation in New Delhi. M.C.’s landmark environmental cases in the Supreme Court of India have resulted in the protection of India’s natural and cultural treasures - including the Ganges River and the Taj Mahal - from the adverse effects of pollution.  He has been conferred with several prestigious awards. Some of these are the Governor’s Gold Medal, the Goldman Environmental Prize, the UN’s Global 500 Award for 1993 and the Magsaysay Award for 1997.

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