Supreme Court notice to Uttrakhand govt on plea seeking restoration of forest area in Pauri

 The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Uttarakhand government on a plea seeking restoration of forest area in Gadoli-Mandakhal in the state’s Pauri district.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta issued notices to the Uttarakhand government and others while directing them to file their replies in six weeks.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by Subir Mario Chowfin, who had approached the apex court against the October 8, 2018 order of the tribunal, dismissing his plea noting that he had undertaken multiple proceedings before various forums and multiple cause of actions have been raised in his petition.

Noting that the case is one where plural remedies have been raised on different cause of action, the NGT had junked his plea.

Chowfin has claimed that Gadoli and Mandakhal villages in Pauri is a forest area and alleged that despite the injunction orders, non-forest activity is still being carried on in the forest area or a deemed forest area.

“Direct the respondents to restore the forest areas and grove land areas within a fixed time frame where the bypass and unmetalled roads have been constructed illegally, remove all structures within the forest areas of Gadoli and Mandakhal, including electric poles, lines and transformers and high tension wires, as well as stopping the tapping of water sources,” the plea said.

New chief justice of MP High Court Justice Hemant Gupta takes charge

Justice Hemant Gupta today took oath as the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court at a brief ceremony held at the Raj Bhawan here.

Governor O P Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Gupta.

The function was attended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and members of the judiciary and legal fraternity.

Justice Gupta was earlier the officiating chief justice of the Patna High Court. He succeeds Justice Rajendra Menon, who had been serving as the acting chief justice since May 2016.

Source: PTI

Hearing on Petition on Screening of MSG Deferred

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today deferred till January 27 hearing on a petition seeking a stay on the screening of the controversial movie Messenger of MSG.
The petition filed by Mohali-based Kalghidhar Sewak Jatha came before a division bench of justices Hemant Gupta and Haripal Verma who directed that the petition be placed before the bench with which it was scheduled to be come up.

The petition was to be placed before a bench comprising justices S K Mittal and Dipak Sibal, but since it did not sit today as one of the judge was on leave, the petition came up before the bench of justices Gupta and Verma, which, however, deferred it to January 27.

The Mohali based Trust in its petition had claimed the movie’s screening would pose be a serious threat to peace and the law and order situation in the two states.

The petitioners had claimed that the protagonist Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh,had tried to project himself as a messenger of God in the movie though he was an accused in cases being investigated by the CBI.

The petition also objected to certain dialogues in the movie.

The Trust said the Punjab Government had already stopped the movie’s screening in the state considering the possibility of violence.