Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Manipur lawyers protest against felling of aged old tree

Correspondent

Irked by felling of a more than 50-year-old tree grown inside a court complex in Imphal, lawyers ceased their duties and held a protest outside the court complex here on Monday.
A big bottle brush tree inside Imphal’s Cheirap court, the oldest court complex in the state, was found cut down recently.
The lawyers alleged that it was chopped on August 27, the day the court observed a holiday for being the fourth Saturday.
The lawyers under the aegis of the All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) ceased their work of the day and staged a sit-in-protest outside the Cheirap Court complex.
“Save trees, save environment and save life,” “Save the priceless gift of mother nature,” other placards displayed at the protest site read.
“The chopping of the old tree is a senseless act. Inquire into the matter and initiate legal action,” AMBA president Tomcha Meitei demanded.
Talking to reporters, the president alleged that the tree was chopped without informing any of the authorities of the court.
The court authorities were not informed about the cutting of the tree. The state forest department also has no knowledge, he said.
He added that AMBA has also decided to conduct an independent enquiry into the matter.