Kochi: The high court rejected the petition filed by the accused to stay the investigation into the Muttil tree felling case. Anto Augustine, one of the accused, approached the high court seeking a stay on the case registered by the forest department.
The government informed the court that the probe is in the initial phase and only a tip of the iceberg has come to light. Also the government took the stand that the investigation by the forest department should continue. The court accepted this and rejected the plea to stay the probe.
A total of 37 cases were registered in connection with tree felling in Wayanad alone. The timber smuggling in various places in Wayanad was carried out by Anto’s brother Roji Augustine. He chopped trees from the land of other people. Roji, who is the key accused in the case, is absconding now.