The Madras High Court on Monday directed the District Collector and District Forest Officer, Nilgiris, to appear before it in a contempt case filed against them for wilfully disobeying a court order.

The Bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice M.Venugopal gave the directive to Archana Patnaik, the Nilgiris District Collector and S.Ramasubramanian, District Forest Officer, to appear before them on June 4.

S.Jayachandran, former Honorary Secretary, Nilgiris Wildlife and Environment Association, filed the present contempt petition.

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