Tree officers' nod must to cut trees: HC

Tree officers' nod must to cut trees: HC

A division bench headed by Justice N K Patil passed the order in a matter relating to a PIL filed by Environmental Support Group and others, to protest felling of trees at Lalbagh for the metro project.
The counsel contended, since the BBMP tree officers also belonged to the government, they would be quick to accord permission for the felling of trees. The judge said, in case of complaints they could be voiced in front of the Tree Authority.

Advocate General Uday Holla argued that the trees had not been cut violating the law. “The officers were contacted and only those trees which were permitted were felled,” he said.

Holla further argued that the the Lalbagh station was not mentioned in Master Plan-2015, but the station was merely one aspect of the metro project and did not have to be mentioned in the plan. The matter has been adjourned for one week.

Conditional bail

The two accused in the Chemmanur Jewellers theft case in 2007, K P Nandish and Angel Joseph have been granted conditional bail by the High Court on Thursday.
Justice V Jagannathan has ordered them to furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh, co-operate with the investigations and also report to the police station once a week. Jewellery worth several crores were stolen on August 11, 2007.

The judge ruled that the two accused were not directly involved in the theft and could not be placed at the scene of crime, and hence could be granted bail.
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