NGT asks Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 cr by Friday or face property seizure

NGT asks Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 cr by Friday or face property seizure
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New Delhi, Jan 17: The National Green Tribunal on Thursday asked Volkswagen India Ltd to deposit Rs 100 crore by 5 PM on Friday or face punitive action, including the arrest of the carmaker’s country Managing Director and seizure of the company’s properties in India.
Hearing a case filed against the carmaker for the installation of a software that allowed the company’s cars to cheat pollution testing devices, the NGT said that the carmaker had to deposit the amount and submit an affidavit of compliance with the Central Pollution Control Board.
“The Volkswagen Group reiterates that all cars from the group are compliant with the emission norms in India. The order of the honourable NGT is already under challenge before the honourable Supreme Court. However, the Volkswagen Group India will comply with the order of honourable NGT and deposit the money, as directed,” said Volkswagen Group India spokesperson. Volkswagen’s response came after the NGT slammed it for not depositing Rs 100 crore in accordance with its November 16, 2018 order and directed the company to submit the amount within 24 hours.
The green tribunal had, last year, fined the carmaker Rs 100 crore for the presence of defeat devices in their vehicles.
A ‘cheat’ or ‘defeat device’ is a software which allows car companies diesel to manipulate emission tests by changing performance of its engines.
In December 2015, following the discovery of defeat devices installed in the cars of the company, Volkswagen India had recalled 3,23,700 vehicles to fix the emission software. Tests conducted in India had found that some models of the car were emitting pollutants as much as 1.1 times to 2.6 times higher than the applicable BS-IV norms.