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Directive to consider plea for pruning 488 teak trees

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The Madras High Court Bench here has directed Tirunelveli Collector to consider a plea made by a landlord seeking permission for pruning 488 teak trees that had grown in his property at Vickramasinghapuram in Ambasamudram taluk.

Disposing of a writ petition filed by S. Baskaran, Justice D. Hariparanthaman ordered that the Collector shall consider the request within six weeks in the light of a report already submitted to him by the Deputy Director-cum-Wildlife Warden, Project Tiger, Ambasamudram.

The petitioner claimed that the Wildlife Warden had granted permission to him once in January 27, 2011 to “cut and remove 488 teak trees by way of thinning work.”

Hence, he made a representation to the warden as well as the Collector again on August 7 for undertaking similar work.

Since no orders were passed on the representation, he had approached the court seeking a direction to both the officials to grant permission.

However, during the course of arguments in the case, the petitioner’s counsel said that it would suffice if a direction was issued to consider petitioner’s plea.

On his part, Government Advocate R. Anandraj told the judges that the Wildlife Warden had sent a report to the Collector on the basis of a representation sent by the petitioner in August.

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