HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION OF MUDUMALAI Vs. IN DEFENCE OF ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMALS
LAWS(SC)-2020-10-28
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: MADRAS)
Decided on October 14,2020

Hospitality Association Of Mudumalai Appellant
VERSUS
In Defence Of Environment And Animals Respondents





Cited Judgements :-

A V AMARNATHAN ADVOCATE (PARTY IN PERSON) VS. STATE OF KARNATAKA [LAWS(KAR)-2021-9-4] [REFERRED TO]
BINAY KUMAR DALEI VS. STATE OF ODISHA [LAWS(SC)-2022-3-1] [REFERRED TO]
PRAGNESH SHAH VS. ARUN KUMAR SHARMA [LAWS(SC)-2022-1-126] [REFERRED TO]


JUDGEMENT

S.ABDUL NAZEER, J. - (1.)Leave granted.
(2.)The appellants in these appeals have assailed the final judgment and order dated 07.04.2011 of the High Court of Judicature at Madras, passed in Writ Petition (PIL) No. 10098 of 2008 along with several other writ petitions including Review Application No. 131 of 2010 and Writ Petition No. 23939 of 2010 filed by the Hospitality Association of Mudumalai. The High Court by the impugned judgment has upheld the validity of the Tamil Nadu Government Notification G.O.(Ms.) No. 125, dated31.08.2010 which had notified an 'Elephant Corridor' in the Sigur Plateau of Nilgiris District and has further directed resort owners and other private land owners to vacate and hand over the vacant possession of the lands falling within the notified elephant corridor to the District Collector, Nilgiris within three months from the date of the judgment.
(3.)The appellant in Civil Appeal Nos.3438-3439 of 2020 (arising out of SLP (C) Nos.17313-17314 of 2011), is the Hospitality Association of Mudumalai, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, situated in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu. The members of this association have established resorts/guest houses in the Nilgiris forest area. The other appellants are either the owners of the resorts/guest houses or the owners of the lands in and around the Nilgiris forest area. Some of them have built dwelling houses on their lands, some of them have encroached upon government lands and put up constructions thereon and some of them are cultivating the said lands.
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