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Illegal Corbett Tree felling: A SC-appointed panel seeks to take action against an ex-minister

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The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) recommended “appropriate action” For the former Uttarakhand Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat After issuing a notice to the man in connection with illegal constructions or felling of trees in his area, Corbett Tiger Reserve.

In A 106-page submission to the court TuesdayThe CEC stated that Rawat It was responsible for a large part of the success “the mess” Arrest Indian Forest Service Officer (IFS) Kishan Chand Created in the Reserve HT has received a copy.

ChandLast year, retired as a result of. JulyHe was taken into custody December Starting at Uttar Pradesh After running. In April 2022: The state government placed him on administrative suspension in connection to the case.

Over A proposed safari with tigers was based on the removal of 6000 trees over 16.21 hectares. Forest Survey This is India (FSI) stated in a report last January on the basis an analysis of satellite images, field visits, and old satellite images.

The CEC report criticized Rawat for being “instrumental” Planning and execution of illegal or unauthorised roads, buildings and structures within the reserve as well as in the Lansdowne division, citing his notings in government files. It Rawat Supervised illegal work Chand executed.

The CEC report Rawat We took a stand against all disciplinary proceedings, Chand’s proposed suspension pursuant to a National Tiger Conservation Authority report.

Chand a principal suspect in the “illegal construction of roads and buildings infrastructure”. Rawat A reputed hand-picked man sent him to Kalagarh Without a recommendation by the principal chief conservator for forests and the The, forest division cannot be done without permission from the Civil Services Board.

Chand He is also accused of having committed similar offenses earlier.

The CEC report indicated that it is not surprising that huge financial and legal frauds have been committed within a relatively short time period. Chand To Kalagarh Forest Division.

It The construction of four buildings with 16 rooms at each location was also started without the technical, administrative and financial approvals of the competent authority. Chief Wildlife Warden. The The report stated that this was possible only with the backing of the top functionaries from the forest department, as well as the government. UttarakhandAnd more “without the active support of the then Forest Minister”.

The Report pointed out that the high court had taken serious note of these irregularities but did not take action.

RawatWho joined the opposition? Congress Before assembly elections Uttarakhand He said that last year, as a forest minister he followed the law. “No action was taken against Chand. I posted him as he was an IFS officer. As a forest minister, all officers are equal before me.”

Rawat As the forest minister, he couldn’t have been to each forest and count the trees that were to be removed. “These irregularities and illegal activities came to light later when the investigation was conducted in the matter.”

Rawat It was suggested that he was the victim of political vendetta in his joining Congress. “When I receive the notice, I will study and submit my reply on all the points,” He stated.

Gaurav Bansal?, Supreme Court Lawyer who filed a plea in 2021 regarding illegal felling trees and constructions, stated that it is clear from CEC’s report that Chand Without the support of his family, he would not have been able to do it on his own. Rawat. “The Supreme Court will hear the matter on February 8.”


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