Delhi: High Court bans felling of 60-year-old Peepal tree, know the whole thing


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  • Delhi High Court said cutting down the tree will harm people
  • The ban imposed in view of the interest of the environment

Delhi High Court News: The Delhi High Court has banned the felling of a 60-year-old Peepal tree in the Indrapuri area. This suspension has been imposed by the High Court at the request of Chief Counsel N Hariharan.

Judge Rekha Palli, hearing the petition, said that if the tree is allowed to be cut without examining the petition, there will be irreparable damage not only to the environment but also to the residents of the area. Hariharan, who appeared in person, said he learned that a 60-year-old peepal tree was being illegally felled near his residence. It alleged that the action initiated by the interested authorities was not being carried out under any valid order.

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He prayed that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Delhi Police and the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests would stop the felling of this tree. On the other hand, defender Abhinav S Agrawal, who appears for NDMC, said that, according to his instructions, the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests approved an order allowing the movement of the Peepal tree. However, he was unable to provide details of the order. Similarly, the Delhi Police and the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests were also unable to inform the court of the order.

By the next date, the NDMC, the Delhi Police and the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests should ensure that the Peepal tree located outside House No. A-7, Indrapuri, New Delhi does not suffer any damage.

The court gave the petitioner until November 9 to file a formal petition under the rules. Following this, the matter was ordered to be bank listed on November 11.


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