The Uttarakhand forest department has asked whistle-blower Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi to investigate alleged illegal constructions, felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve, the role of officials in it, and submit a report within two weeks, an officer said on Friday.

Chaturvedi came in the limelight first when he stopped illegal construction inside Haryana’s Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009.

Principal chief conservator of forests Rajiv Bhartari called Chaturvedi, who is posted as chief conservator of forests in Haldwani, as one of the most honest officers. “I want this matter to be investigated properly so that action can be taken against the officers responsible. So, I issued an order on November 2 in this regard. I have directed him to investigate the matter …and find out who did what and when and with whose permission.”

Bhartari ordered the inquiry after the state government on October 29 directed him to take appropriate action in the matter.

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The directive came after a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) panel submitted a report on the alleged illegal constructions and felling of trees on October 22.

Supreme Court lawyer Gaurav Bansal, who moved court over the matter, said it is a scam of over 150 crores. He added funds were illegally utilised for the illegal constructions. “The NTCA’s report clearly says that work has been done without…

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