NGT Fined Rs 100 Cr to Volkswagen

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Despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order asking Volkswagen group to pay Rs 100 crore for violating vehicular emission norms lying pending with the Supreme Court, the company said it will comply with the green court’s order.

“The order of the NGT is already under challenge before the Supreme Court. However, the Volkswagen Group India will comply with the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT) and deposit the money, as directed,” a company statement said.

The development came after the NGT, on Thursday morning, slammed the German carmaker for not complying with its November 2018 order to deposit Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within a month for causing “serious environmental damage” by using a cheat or defeat device that lowered vehicular emissions only during tests.

The Tribunal on Thursday also asked the company to pay up within 24 hours or face arrests and seizure of property.

Firm on its stance, the company, however, said that all cars from the group are “compliant with the emission norms”.

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