NEERI filed a complaint against Down To Earth for questioning the study that led to closure of Agra's small units
Chemicals were used in the past to clean the Taj without studying their effects
Supreme Court's 1996 judgement, ordering relocation or closure of 292 small industries from the Taj Trapezium Zone, relied greatly on studies by the government's National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) on air pollution sources that could affect the Taj. More than eight months before the judgement, Down To Earth (DTE) published an article that questioned NEERI's report. A complaint against the magazine was filed by NEERI with the Press Council of India for the article. It was, however, disposed of in 45 minutes and the Council made it clear that mere criticism would not give NEERI a cause of action (see, `Trouble over the Taj Mahal', DTE, February 15, 1998). At that time, DTE's founding editor Anil Agarwal emphasised that reconciliation of industrialisation with environmental conservation needs good scientific advice. The magazine reiterates this point when conservation of the Taj Mahal is again at odds with the livelihood of people.