Allahabad HC seeks reply on Noida land allotted to Pantanjali
A division bench of Allahabad high court on Monday directed the petitioners in a case involving alleged land allotment to Patanjali Ayurved Ltd in Noida, and felling of thousands of trees, to file their reply to the counter-affidavit filed by Uttar Pradesh government by the next date of hearing on September 11.
The court had on August 30 directed the parties concerned to not develop or make any change on the land in dispute till the next date of hearing and asked the state government and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to file their counter-affidavits in the case.
On Monday, after going through the counter-affidavits filed by the state government and YEIDA, the court observed that while the Authority said that none of its officers went to cut any tree, the state government claimed that the Authority officers had indeed gone to the disputed site to cut the trees.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate, in his counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the state government, submitted that he had conducted a spot inspection and found that only some green plants, that were recently planted by the petitioner, were uprooted.
However, the court rejected the contention and pointed out to the photographs attached with the counter-affidavit that showed fully-grown uprooted trees. Photographs of the destruction using JCB machines had been submitted along with the supplementary affidavit filed before the court.
On August 29, YEIDA counsel had stated before the court that uprooting of the trees, if any, had not been done under any order or instruction by the Authority.