The Forest Rights Act

Andhra Pradesh High Court

J.V. Sharma and Ors. vs. Union of India and Ors. (WP 21479/2007)

Petitioners: J.V. Sharma (IFS, Retd.); L Lohit Reddy (IFS, Retd.); AH Qureshi (IFS,Retd)
Respondents: Union of India (through MoTA and MoEF), DG (Forests), Government of AP, and PCCF

This petition mostly makes the general arguments shared by all the cases.  It is essentially identical in content (though in a different order) to the Chennai, Orissa, Karnataka and Madurai petitions.

Status: On August 19th, the High Court issued an interim order citing the April 30th order of the Madras High Court (see here) and issuing a similar order for Andhra Pradesh, along with a clarification stating that no evictions of foerst dwellers should take place until the case is fully heard.

On May 1st, 2009, the Court granted permission to the AP government to issue titles for all the more than one lakh claims approved by the District Level Committees in the State. 

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