April 4, 2018

Himachal High Court appointed .Deven Khanna, Advocate as a Local Commissioner

Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA------The High Court of Himachal Pradesh  appointed Mr.Deven Khanna, Advocate as a Local Commissioner to visit the spot and get  the videography done of   the entire area, falling within the territorial limits of Municipal Corporation, Dharamshala  and also Bhagsunag, Naddi, Mcleodganj and Dharamkot and ascertain the factual position with regard to the illicit  felling of trees and violation of environmental law of the land.  The Court also requested the Amicus Curiae to visit the area for such purpose.

            A Division Bench comprising the Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a letter written to the Chief Justice by Ghazala Abdullah. The petitioner had alleged that a large number of Deodar trees were being felled in Mcleodganj at Dharamshala for the purpose of commercial activities and when she approached the A.S.P., D.C., Municipal Corporation, Forest Department, Panchayat Pradhan,  & CID department regarding  the matter, no action was taken  by the authorities. In this case the court had also appointed Amicus Curiae to make verifications and to visit the spot regarding the illegal felling of trees.

            During the hearing, the Court observed that despite pendency of the present petition, at least 10-12 trees stand felled in Bhagsunag area, but none bothered to examine the matter. Even the Officers of  the Municipal Corporation, Dharamshala as well as the Municipal Commissioner, Dharamshala were telephonically informed about the incident.  

            The Court posted the matter for 24.04.2018.

**VijyenderSharma*, Press Correspondent Bohan Dehra Road  JAWALAMUKHI-176031, Kangra HP(INDIA)*
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