Successive governments, cutting across party lines, flout the law of the land with impunity when they want to serve the vested interests. There is need for generating awareness among the people in this regard. They should know about the commitment or lack of commitmen of successive governments when it comes to protecting wildlife. The nomination of members to the State Wildlife Board is a case in point. Those concerned, are raising a valid point by asking about “the credentials of those who get nominated to the high powered wildlife Board by the State Government”.
A case in this matter is pending in the Jabalpur High Court. The issue was flagged by an earlier Chief Justice, who allowed revision of the original petition and chose to keep the case open even after the Board appointed by the previous Kamalnath government had been disbanded and it was reconstituted in the year 2000 by the present government headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Chief Justice had observed that it needs to be ascertained whether or not the statutory provision under the Wildlife Protection Act has been followed and only eminent conservationists, ecologists and environmentalists had been nominated as members of the reconstituted Board.
It’s an entirely a different matter that the case filed in the in 2019 is still pending in the High Court.
Attached below are points to be noted and the High Court orders in this case from beginning up till now: