No such thing as a legally recognised forest: HC of Karnataka

Karnataka high court urges authorities to reconsider application for stone quarrying licence . High court says there is no such thing as deemed forest under the statute .

BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court has urged the authorities to reconsider an application for a licence for stone quarrying in Chikkamagaluru district, reiterating that there is no such thing as deemed forest under the statute.A division bench headed by chief justice Ritu Raj Awasthi pointed out that the high court had accepted the complaint brought by one DM Deve Gowda, a resident of Arenuru village, on June 12, 2019.The court held that the area can be either a forest or a forest property, but that there cannot be any declared forest in the absence of any provision under the Act, the bench added.The bench has stated that if the subject property is forest or forest land as provided for in the Supreme Court's decision in the case of TN Godavarman Thirumulkpad vs Union of India and others, the bench has stated that he would investigate whether the subject property is forest or forest land.

The petitioner will have the decision as notified, and the bench will be further cited.