The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench in Delhi has issued a bailable warrant against the District Magistrate, North and Deputy Conservator of Forest, New Delhi. While hearing the matter, relating to demarcation, fencing and removal of encroachment of South Ridge in Delhi, a two judge bench comprising of R.S. Rathore and Dr. S.S. Garbyal passed an order directing the two to appear before the tribunal and answer queries relating to the case.
“…we direct that bailable warrants be issued to the District Magistrate, North and Deputy Conservator of Forest, New Delhi for their production before the Tribunal on the next date of hearing, in the sum of Rs. 25,000/- to the satisfaction of the arresting Officer, in exercise of our powers and in terms of the provision of Section 19 (4) (a) of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 read with Order XVI Rule 10(3) and Section 151 of Code of Civil Procedure, 1908,” the bench ordered, after the officers failed to pay heed to them.
The tribunal on previous occasions had passed repeated orders to complete demarcation of the area in question, fencing of the entire area and removal of encroachments which are in existence therein. The bench had asked the Deputy Conservator of Forest to file a personal affidavit stating how much area has been fenced, and how much is still left to be fenced by the department.
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