The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned to next week a PIL seeking for directions to State of Uttarakhand to take steps to prevent forest fires in the State as well as declare that the entire wildlife in the region to be declared as a living entity with corresponding rights.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde was informed by the Petitioner-in-Person Rituparn Uniyal that the Uttarakhand High Court had already given directions in the issue in 2016.
Accordingly, the Court directed Uniyal to bring that plea on record and adjourned the matter to next week.
Uniyal, a native of Tehri Garhwal in Uttarkhand, moved the Court after media reports showed up some disturbing figures that as many as 1451 incidents of forest fires were reported in Uttarakhand in 2019.
He cited media reports according to which Uttarakhand had lost 44,000 hectares of forest covers to fire which is roughly equivalent to 61,000 football fields ever since year 2000 when it was conferred Statehood.
The Petitioner has prayed to the court that the entire animal kingdom, including the avian and aquatic specie,s be declared a legal entity with corresponding rights and liabilities. He also sought probe into the land and timber mafias behind many of these forest fires.