Petition challenging the reconstitution of Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board: Jabalpur High Court serves notice to MP Government

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Bhopal: MP High Court today issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh Government, Forest Department and Chairman State Wildlife Board (Chief Minister Kamal Nath) on a writ petition filed against the reconstitution of the State Wildlife Board by RTI Activist Ajay Dubey.

The High Court has asked the Madhya Pradesh Govenrment to reply to the notice in three weeks.

Senior advocate Aditya Sanghi presented the case on behalf of the petitioner before a two Judge Bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice R.S. Jha and Justice Vijay Shukla

The MP government reconstituted the MP Wildlife Board on 3 August 2019. Through the petition, it has been brought t the notice of the High Court that the MP government has not made the necessary rules under Section 6 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and in the absence of it, the MP State Wildlife Board was reconstituted and this was illegal.

The reconstituted Wildlife Board has been reconstitute without inducting 2 members of the Scheduled Tribes as non-official members, which is a violation of the law. Under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, it is necessary to appoint 2 ST members.

The MP government has also appointed 2 members Rasheed Kidwai and KK Singh to the reconstituted State Wildlife Board on 3 August 2019 only because of “interest” in wildlife which is unfair as per the law because according to the law the non-official members must be eminent conservationists, environmentalists and ecologists, the petition points out.

In a statement, Ajay Dube, the petitioner has said that he had received a request from the Forest Department for nomination as a non-official member in the State Wildlife Board, but he had politely declined the offer in writing.

Dubey has appealed to the High Court to dissolve the Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board. In the petition, it has also been stated that due to political recommendations, nepotism and corrupt ineligible persons have been appointed as members of the State Wildlife board.

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