CBI starts probing CTR’s illegal tree felling

  • | Monday | 25th September, 2023

Dehradun: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) initiated a probe into the alleged felling of around 6,000 trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) for the development of a tiger safari.CBI took charge of the case on Saturday, following the Nainital high courts directive a few weeks ago. Director of state vigilance department V Murugesan said, We have handed over case documents and evidence to CBI.A CBI officer stationed in Dehradun, while requesting anonymity, said, We received documents from the state vigilance department. A preliminary inquiry is under way before registering a case for further probe. Earlier, an investigation was conducted by the state vigilance department following a PIL filed in HC. TNNWe also published the following articles recentlyVPA seeks CBI probe into forged NOCs caseThe Visakhapatnam Port Authority has requested the anti-corruption branch of the CBI to investigate the forging of no objection certificates (NOCs) by M/s Synergy Shipping Private Limited. The firm had submitted fake certificates to the Customs department, using the letterhead and signature of VPA officials without authorization. The port authorities have taken immediate action against the firm and no financial loss has been incurred. The port has also lodged a complaint with the police and requested the Customs authorities to take further action.State seeks time to reply to PIL on tree felling in BurhanpurThe Madhya Pradesh government has requested more time to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by five individuals from Burhanpur, who claim that forest trees are being cut down and the cleared land is being encroached upon. The PIL states that instead of curbing the issue, the government is granting land rights for farming and construction purposes. The petitioners argue that this is disrupting the ecological balance. The case has been postponed until October 18th.CBI to probe recruitment in UP HousesThe Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the recruitment process for staff vacancies in the UP Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the examination process and requested the CBI to submit a preliminary inquiry report by the first week of November. The bench raised concerns about the fairness of the recruitment agency chosen and questioned why it was changed in 2019.

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