The High Court of Rajasthan, through learned judges, Chief Sandeep Mehta and Justice Vinod Kumar Bharwani in the case of Rituraj Singh Rathore v. State Of Rajasthan & Ors. D.B. Civil Writ Petition No. 10096/2021 stayed all construction activities within 1000 metres of Kumbhalgarh Forest Reserve
BRIEF FACTS: The petitioner had moved the application for impleading Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism and District Collector, Rajsamand and Pali as party respondents. He had also filed a copy of the order issued by the Department of Forest, Government of Rajasthan, as per which, all commercial and industrial activities had been prohibited in a periphery of one kilometre from the protected boundaries of forest which includes Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The petitioner submitted that rampant construction activities were being undertaken in the vicinity of Kumbhalgarh forest boundary by breaching the aforesaid order of the Government of Rajasthan.
FINDINGS OF THE COURT: The interlocutory application was accepted by the court. The court directed that all construction activities being undertaken within a distance of 1000 metres from the boundary of the Kumbhalgarh Forest Reserve shall be stayed. Further the court remarked that the Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism and District Collector, Rajsamand and Pali shall be personally responsible for ensuring compliance of the order which shall be communicated to them forthwith through email.
JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY – AMRUTHA K