PIL for encroachment of forest land
The division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen of the High Court of Karnataka ordered issuance of notices to Mr. Anil Lad, MP, and his brother Mr. Ashok Lad on a PIL alleging encroachment of reserve forest land in Sandur in Bellary and also for allegedly running a resort and water sports facility in forest without authorization. Notice has also been issued to State Government, Pollution Control Board and the Principal Chief Conservator of forests.
The PIL was filed by Mr. K N Somashekar, an RTI activist who claimed that the MP and his brother encroached upon 20-odd acres of reserve forest land adjoining their 3.65 acres land. He has also claimed that the without necessary permission, the MP and his brother are running a resort - Amazing Valley Resorts - and Kollur Mookambika Waters Sports in the backwaters of Narihalla dam. He has requested the High Court to issue directions to stop the activities.