Kerala HC junks plea seeking CBI probe into illegal felling of trees

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Kochi, Jun 24 (PTI) The Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking CBI investigation into the alleged illegal felling and smuggling of trees from Wayanad and other districts in the state.

Opposing the plea, the state government submitted that the case is being probed by a special team from the Crime Branch wing of the state police.

The government submitted that the investigation by the special team is progressing effectively and there was no need for the CBI to probe the case.

Taking the government's argument into consideration, the high court dismissed the plea.

In his plea, the petitioner alleged that the state government order for felling trees was intended for a short period only to facilitate corruption.

The petitioner alleged that a section of revenue and forest officials and politicians of the ruling party conspired with the timber mafia for the illegal acts.

The state Revenue Department issued the order with an ulterior motive only to benefit the timber traders rather than farmers, the petitioner submitted. PTI COR TGB BN BALA BN BALA

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