Encroachment along Ganga in Rishikesh: HC seeks detailed affidavit from officials
Hearing on the petition filed against alleged encroachment on reserved forest land by Chidanand Saraswati on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, the high court has directed the Revenue department, Forest secretary, Haridwar divisional forest officer and Dehradun district magistrate among others to submit a detailed affidavit along with their reply in the court within two weeks. The division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice Alok Kumar Verma has set the case for hearing next on December 10.
It is pertinent to mention here that Haridwar resident Archana Shukla had filed a public interest litigation in the high court in which she has alleged that at Veerpur Khurd, Veerbhadra near Rishikesh, Chidanand Saraswati had encroached on eight hectare reserved forest land on the banks of the Ganga river. One large hall, 52 rooms and one cow shelter have been constructed on this purportedly encroached land. The petitioner has alleged that due to the said person being influential, the forest department and revenue department officials are ignoring the encroachment on the banks of the Ganga. Apart from violating the law, this is also causing loss of revenue to the government, the petitioner has averred.Attachments area.
Thursday, 28 November 2019 | PNS | Nainital
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