JAIPUR: In a first-of-its-kind case, the Union ministry of environment and forests has filed a prosecution report against two forest officials for allowing illegal mining in Hindaun tehsil in Karauli district. The two are booked under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. 

Earlier, a local court in Karauli had ordered registration of cases against A B Raizada, who was deputy conservator of forests, Karauli, in 2004 and Hakim Singh, a former assistant conservator of forests, under Forest Act. Former minister Bharosi Lal Jatav, who patronized illegal mining in the area, however, is saved with the Supreme Court staying his prosecution. 

The pre-charge collection of evidence against the officers is scheduled in Hindaun on June 12, 2014. 

“Raizada, vide letter dated October 25, 2004 informed the mining engineer, Karauli that Khasra No. 552 (old) (new 1753) in Khareta village, Hindaun tehsil is reserved forest. However, just after one month, vide letter dated November 18, 2004 allegedly at the behest of Hakim Singh, he submitted the report that above mentioned Khasra is Siwai Chak non-forest land. On the basis of this report, Raizada gave NOC to the mining engineer, Karauli in 2005 and he sanctioned nine mining leases for 20 years spread over nine hectares,” said Y K Singh Chauhan, chief conservator of forests, regional office, Lucknow, MoEF, who initiated action against the two officers before repatriation to his parent cadre Jharkhand.  Read more