Tree felling case accused received call from ex-forest minister’s office, reveal documents


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Thiruvananthapuram: Tree felling case accused Roji Augustine had received calls from former forest minister K Raju’s office, revealed the call log details. It is reported that minister’s additional private secretary G Sreekumar phoned Roji on February 3. Later, he had a conversation with Roji over phone on February 17 and 25.

The revenue department nullified the controversial order to cut protected trees on February 2. Roji Augustine and Sreekumar had a telephone conversation the next day to cancel the order.

Earlier, the official found that trees were felled at Muttil on February 3. With this, the accused might have faced a problem in transporting the tree wood. It is learned that Roji contacted the minister’s additional private secretary to sort out the issue.

The trees felled from Muttil were transported via Lakkidi the same day. But the forest officials on duty at the check post didn’t record the number of the vehicle or any other details.

Observing this, the probe officials suspected that Roji phoned the minister’s office for avoiding inspection of the vehicle. Amidst this, the officials have been receiving hints of Roji’s phone calls with many higher officials of the forest department.

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