M. C. Mehta

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Mahesh Chandra Mehta
OccupationPublic interest attorney

Mahesh Chandra Mehta is a public interest attorney from India. He single-handedly won numerous landmark judgments from India’s Supreme Court since 1984, including introducing lead-free gasoline to India and reducing the industrial pollution fouling the Ganga and eroding the Taj Mahal. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1996[1] for his continuous fights in Indian courts against pollution-causing industries.

He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Asia for Public Service in 1997. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.[2] He is a trustee of People for Animals.[3]


  1. ^ Goldman Environmental Prize: M.C. Mehta Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on 28 November 2007)
  2. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ "PEOPLE FOR ANIMALS". www.peopleforanimalsindia.org. Retrieved 28 April 2018.