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Pithoragarh, August 14
The Nainital High Court, on two public interest litigations filed on protection of tigers at the Corbett Tiger Reserve, yesterday issued notices to the Central Government and the Uttarakhand Government and ordered them to file their replies within four weeks on the issues raised by the petitioners.
The PILs were filed by former vice-chairman of the Forest Advisory Committee Anil Baluni and a Ramnagar-based NGO, Himalayan Yuva Gramin Vikas Sansthan. The two judge-Bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Barin Ghose and Justice UC Dhyani ordered the respective governments to file their replies on the questions raised by the petitioner concerning the protection of tigers in and around the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
“We have raised four questions before the honourable court concerning the preservation of tigers at the Corbett Tiger Reserve. They include the evacuation of 300 Bavaria tribe families from the core zone of the reserve and their rehabilitation elsewhere and the extension of operational areas of the special tiger protection force conceived by the government. We have also pleaded before the court that Rs 65 crore announced by former Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh to rehabilitate the core zone village of Sunder Khanl be released and the court proceedings in the cases pertaining to arrested poachers be speeded up as they resume their illegal activities immediately after they get bail in earlier cases,” said Rakesh Thapliyal, advocate for Anil Baluni.


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