| Dehradun |
October 18, 2020 1:35:56 am
A gathering of Supreme Court docket-appointed high-powered committee (HPC) on Char Dharma street challenge was held in Dehradun Saturday with out its chairperson Ravi Chopra. Chopra skipped the assembly calling it “unauthorised” and an try and undermine the autonomy of the HPC. He mentioned the assembly was not known as on his directive.
Chopra mentioned the assembly was known as by member secretary Ravinath Raman of the committee on the directive of Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand Om Prakash who just isn’t member of the committee. Chatting with The Sunday Categorical, Chopra mentioned that member secretary had instructed him that he has been requested by the Chief Secretary to name a gathering.
Ravinath Raman was not obtainable to remark regardless of repeated makes an attempt.
“The federal government has no authority to name the assembly. Chief Secretary can’t direct the member secretary to take action. And it’s positively an try and undermine the autonomy of the HPC which is answerable solely to the Supreme Court docket,” he mentioned including that he was eager to carry a fast assembly however due to his prior commitments he had insisted to name the assembly after October 26.
“The primary level of the agenda was about affirmation of minutes of earlier assembly held in June. The minutes of that assembly had been already confirmed and submitted within the Supreme Court docket with a ultimate report,” Chopra mentioned. He added, “Assembly held at present. I didn’t attend it. I’ve additional no communication concerning the assembly.”
In line with sources, just a few different members too skipped the assembly in solidarity with the HPC chairman. Chopra mentioned had additionally written to Raman and Chief Secretary asking to withdraw the discover of assembly.
Within the letter to Raman on October 16, Chopra had said, “As a Member Secretary, you might be accountable for the HPC which is an impartial physique created by the Hon’ble Supreme Court docket and answerable to the Hon’ble Court docket solely. You don’t have any authority to impose another’s instructions for its functioning. As you’ve got talked about in your discover that you’re calling this assembly ‘as per the instructions of the Chief Secretary’ is very objectionable and a direct infringement within the functioning of the HPC and the Order dated of 08.08.2019 by which it has been constituted.”
Final yr, the apex courtroom had fashioned the HPC to find out the ecological impression of the Char Dham street challenge.
Within the letter to Chief Secretary, Chopra mentioned, “…this suppression of the HPC by your directing the newly appointed Member Secretary, with out even first discussing your considerations with me, is completely arbitrary and can’t be justified in any means. It just about quantities to violation of the Supreme Court docket order.”
Chopra had additionally requested Chief Secretary to withdraw his route and respect the autonomy and authority of the HPC created by a judicial order of the Supreme Court docket.
Chopra in a letter to Setting Secretary on August 13 had identified “brazen” violation of forest and wildlife legal guidelines by the Char Dham Pariyojana. He had written that the challenge has precipitated “incalculable and long-term harm to the Himalayan ecology” by felling bushes, chopping hills and dumping muck (excavated materials) with out legitimate permission on numerous stretches.
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