Udaipur : The District and Session court at Pratapgarh set a precedence in a case related to unlawful felling down of trees. Four persons who were accused of felling 27 Kher trees were granted bail on the condition that they would plant 270 gooseberry saplings within a month period and ensure their survival by submitting a report every three months before the court. The accused have been directed to produce the plantation report in a month through geo-tagging. The court has also instructed the forest department to monitor the plantation in compliance of the court order.
District and Session Judge Rajendra Kumar Sharma was hearing the case on Monday, which was filed by the forest department against four men who had cut twenty seven Kher trees that were 21-year old and fully grown up ones. The forest department had registered the case against Ramlal Teli, Dinesh Tell, Jaswant Dhobi, Mohammad Hussain and three others from BajrangGarh village for cutting trees from forest area in Gandher area under Kotwali police station of Pratapgarh. The incident took place on March 20.
While presiding over the hearing wherein the four accused had put up bail application, the court said that the forest department had spent a huge amount from the state exchequer to plant and nurturing the trees that were useful and had great significance for the environment. Felling them has caused a great harm to ecology as well as public fund. The Judge in his order said that the accused be granted conditional bail provided they plant ten times of the trees they have felled. The accused have been ordered to grow 270 Aaonla (gooseberry) saplings in Ramlal’s land where they would nurture the plants and ensure their survival by submitting a three monthly report to the court as well as the forest department. The case is registered under section 42 of the Forest Act, section 3 of PDPP Act and provisions under section 379 of the IPC.