Hours after bidding farewell to the Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was appointed the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for five years, said a notification by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Since the retirement of former NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on December 20, 2017, the post has been lying vacant.
Justice Goel, who retired from the Supreme Court after a four-year tenure, will head the principal bench of the green panel located in New Delhi for five years.
In the apex court, Justice Goel was part of many important cases and judgments.
He headed the bench which delivered the judgment forbidding immediate arrest under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
He was also part of the bench which referred the issue of divorce through instant triple talaq among Muslims to a five-judge constitution bench which held it as illegal and arbitrary.
Justice Goel was part of another landmark judgement of 2016 quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act which sought to give the executive a say in the appointment of top judges