Supreme Court panel indicts former minister Harak Singh for illegal construction of Corbett

Updated: Jan 26 2023 1:05AM

Rishikesh (U'khand), Jan 25 (PTI) The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court has held former Uttarakhand forest minister Harak Singh Rawat and the then divisional forest officer (DFO) Kishan Chand responsible for various illegal activities, including constructions in connection with a tiger safari in 2021, in the Pakhro and Morghatti forest areas of the Kalagarh Forest Division of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

In its report submitted to the apex court on Tuesday on a petition filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, the committee held Rawat and Chand guilty for construction activities in connection with the tiger safari and other illegal projects in the Pakhro and Morghatti forest areas.

Holding Rawat responsible for the irregularities committed by Chand, the committee has recommended that the Supreme Court issue a notice to Rawat and give him an opportunity of hearing.