Referring to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)'s recent report, the petition alleged Volkswagen and its group companies in India were 'polluting the environment in blatant disregard to regulations' by selling vehicles which produce nitrogen oxide nine times higher than prescribed limit.

The petitioner, Saloni Ailawadi, has sought directions to disallow 'manufacturing, assembly and sale' of vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen and its group companies until it is established that they are as per the prescribed norms as applicable in India.

Ailawadi states she was 'deeply' concerned on account of Volkswagen's "admitted calculated and deliberate deceit of environmental norms thereby endangering lives of Indian and global citizens".

"Vehicles manufactured and sold by Volkswagen have been polluting the environment in blatant and utter disregard to government regulations thereby endangering the lives of millions of people who are being forced to inhale poisonous fumes and suffer extreme misery on account of ill health," the plea said.

The petition has made Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Central Pollution Control Board, Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, Skoda Auto India Private Limited and Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited parties in the case.

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