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HC intervenes to check tree felling

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The High Court on Friday directed the State government to file objections in connection with the indiscriminate felling of trees in the City. Hearing a suo motu petition, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna directed the State to file objections within two weeks and has appointed Advocate Vaishali Hegde as amicus curie to assist the court.

Following media reports, Justice Shailendra Kumar had on November 6, 2010 written to the authorities about felling trees for road widening and had expressed concern over the disappearing greenery despite various regulations.

The petition has also sought to set up a tree court to assist tree officer to ensure proper decision on urban forestry.

For the full report in the Deccan Herald, click here

Clearly an instance where the Executive has forced the Judiciary's hands.

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