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Who is environment lawyer Ritwick Dutta facing heat for challenging coal projects in India?

11:34 AM Apr 26, 2023 IST | Ground report
who is environment lawyer ritwick dutta facing heat for challenging coal projects in india

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against Ritwick Dutta, a leading environmental lawyer, for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

The CBI initiated an action based on a complaint filed by the Union Home Office, which claimed that Dutta’s organization, the Legal Initiative for Forests and the Environment (LIFE), was receiving funds from Earth Justice (EJ), a US-based organization, to legally challenge Indian coal projects with the aim of stalling them. The ministry considered this to be a violation of the FCRA regulations.


Who is environment lawyer Ritwick Dutta?

Ritwick Dutta is a well-known environmental lawyer in India. He is recognized for his extensive work in the field of environmental law and policy, particularly in the areas of forest conservation, wildlife protection, and biodiversity conservation. He has been practising law for over two decades and has played a crucial role in shaping environmental jurisprudence in India.

Ritwick Dutta is the founder of the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), a non-profit organization based in New Delhi, India. Through LIFE, he has been working to promote environmental justice, protect natural resources, and safeguard the rights of marginalized communities.


Over the years, Ritwick Dutta has represented various communities, individuals, and civil society organizations in high-profile cases involving environmental issues. He has been involved in cases that question the construction of hydroelectric dams, mining activities, and industrial pollution, among others.

Ritwick Dutta has also been honoured with several awards for his contributions to environmental law and policy, including the prestigious Green Lawyer Award from the Center for Media Studies and the Social Justice Award from the National Foundation for India.


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