Himachal

HIMACHAL HIGHCOURT APPOINTS DEVEN KHANNA ADVOCATE AS AMICUS CARIAE ON ILLEGAL FEELLING OF TREES

April 07, 2018 06:41 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)

The High Court of H.P. today appointed  Mr.Deven Khanna, Advocate as Amicus Curiae and requested him to file the report regarding  illegal felling of hundreds of trees and construction of roads in the Nachan Forest Division on 10.04.2018,  after visiting  the spot and getting  the entire area videographed.  The Court also directed the Conservator of Forests, Mandi to file short affidavit before the  next date of hearing.

A Division Bench comprising Hon’ble the Acting  Chief Justice Sanjay Karol  and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto  on an application moved  by one Shri Mohan Singh  of Jiuni Block, Tehsil Chachiot, District Mandi.  The petitioner has alleged in the petition that illegal felling of hundreds of trees of various species is being carried out in the Nachan Forest Division and roads are being constructed through  the forests, but the Forest Department is not taking any action against the defaulters.  He has further alleged that due to large number of felling of trees  in the area, it  has become difficult  to feed the cattle and there is danger to the environment also. The petitioner has also alleged that such illegal action could not have taken place without the knowledge, consent or collusion of the forest officials, District administration and the elected public  representatives of the area.  The petitioner has requested that the national forest wealth  may be saved. 

During the hearing, the Court directed the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Mandi, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Gohar and Dy.Superintendent of Police, Gohar,  to accompany the Amicus Curiae and render all assistance to him.  The Court also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Mandi to provide professional person to videograph and photograph the entire stretch of road and forest where the trees stand felled  and the road has been constructed.The matter has been posted for  10.04.2018. 

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