Appeal on buffer zone may delay as Kerala is confused over its approach in SC

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New Delhi: In a change of plan, Kerala may wait a few more days to file an appeal in the eco-sensitive zone verdict before the Supreme Court.

The state will ponder upon two possibilities before it in order to overcome the SC verdict on the mandatory buffer zones of 1 km around the protected forests. Earlier, minister AK Saseendran had said that the state will file an appeal on Monday.

Advocate General K Gopalakrishna Kurup would meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the matter. The decision came after Kurup met senior advocate Jaideep Gupta.

Kerala had earlier decided to file a miscellaneous petition seeking a change or further clarification in the June 3 verdict. But the legal advisers of the state felt a plea to reconsider the matter would be ideal in this case.

However, the forest department has raised certain issues in the new recommendation. Hence, the final decision on the approach may be delayed.

Kerala may also wait for the decision of other states who also face a similar situation.

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