The Karnataka High Court Monday directed Kannada actor Ganesh to reply within one week to a forest department notice that asked him to stop construction work on his property under the eco-sensitive zone of Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
The court also asked the forest department to conduct an inquiry within four weeks after Ganesh’s reply and wait to take any coercive action against him until then.
The actor had approached the high court against the notice from the regional commissioner of the Bandipur Ecosensitive Zone Monitoring Committee that had been issued to him regarding the use of earthmoving equipment on his property in the Gundlupet taluk of the Chamarajanagar district, in the vicinity of Bandipur.
The notice directed Ganesh to stop construction activities on his property measuring 1 acre and 24 guntas and provide all relevant documents. He obtained permission in March for temporary residential structures and fencing off the property.
The range forest officer stated that earthmoving equipment was being used to level the ground to begin construction activities that would violate an undertaking the actor had previously provided while obtaining permission.
Ganesh argued that there was no construction activity on his property except the fencing of the boundary along with columns for a temporary residential structure. He also argued that the earthmoving equipment was used only to level land as he intended to plant trees and plants on the property.