Court asks IFS officer to appeal to administrative court against government order | Dehradun News

Nainital: The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday ordered IFS officer Rajiv Bhartari to file an appeal with the Central Administrative Court (CAT) against his dismissal from the position of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in Uttarakhand.
The Divisional Bench of Judge Manoj Kumar Tiwari and Judge RC Khulbe also ordered the CAT to ensure that the case is given priority and a decision is made on the matter promptly.
It comes two months after Rajiv Bhartari, who served as Chief Forestry Force (HoFF), filed a High Court petition alleging he was removed from his post in breach of standards. Bhartari was replaced by Vinod Kumar Singhal.
Bhartari, a 1986 IFS cadre officer, was removed from the PCCF on November 25, 2021 and appointed chairman of the biodiversity council.
The decision was taken following confirmation by the National Tiger Conservation Authority of illegal construction inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Illegal tree felling has also been reported in the Pakhro and Morghatti areas of the reserve. Later, the state Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ordered the transfer of 30 forest officers, including Bhartari, Chief Wildlife Warden JS Suhag and Chief Forest Conservator (Wildlife) Anup Malik.
In his petition, Bhartari said he was the top forestry official in the hill state and rightly deserved the post of chief forest conservator. Bhartari further stated that he had a “spotless” record of 35 years of service. The petition adds that Bhartari sent four letters to the government in this regard, but to no avail.

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