The Centre has removed a JNU professor, accused of sexual harassment, from the Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution.
Johri was arrested in March for allegedly sexually harassing several women students. He is currently out on bail.
The Delhi High Court had recently given JNU's internal complaints committee two more weeks to complete its investigation into the alleged misconduct of Johri.
Despite repeated attempts, Johri did not respond to queries from PTI regarding his removal from the EPCA.
Khare, when contacted, told PTI, "I had resigned six months back from the committee due to personal reasons. My resignation has also been accepted."
Sources in the Ministry said they had reports that many of the members were also not attending the meetings of the panel regularly.
Asked about the development, another member of the EPCA also confirmed the removal of both the members and asserted that there were no contribution from some of the members. "There is a lack of interest from them," the member said.
The EPCA is headed by Bhure Lal and includes environmentalist and CSE director general Sunita Narain as one of its members. The EPCA is also mandated to enforce Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the city as per the pollution levels.
In November, the EPCA had enforced several measures, including closure of the Badarpur thermal power plant, ban on brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers, and construction activities.
The EPCA's action plan, GRAP, has five categories to tackle pollution -- severe plus or emergency, severe, very poor, moderate to poor, and moderate.
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