Kerala High Court (File photo) | Mathrubhumi
Kochi: The High Court criticised the state government over Muttil tree felling case. Court expressed its concern on the government’s order which gave permission to cut the trees. It also pointed that the new order surpasses the current laws existing on tree felling and harshly criticised the revenue department and the state government over this issue.
The former Revenue Minister was aware of the order to cut trees. Though the state government has the right to amend the law retroactively, the state introduced an order which surpasses the existing law, the court criticised.
The court also refused to consider the bail pleas of the accused as it is a separate petition. Accused Roji Augustine and Anto Augustine had already given their statements that the state government is the real culprit in this case.
The land where the incident of tree felling happened comes under the ownership of government. The court had cross checked the title-deed in detail. When the title-deed was granted, it was made clear that the rose wood (Eetti in Malayalam) in the lands belong to the government. The government issued the new order to chop those trees.