Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding land termed as "private forest" owned by Godrej in Maharashtra, 30/01/2014

  • 30/01/2014

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. & Anr. Vs The State of Maharashtra & Ors. dated 30/01/2014 regarding land termed as "private forest" owned by Godrej in Maharashtra. Supreme Court in the order states "the principal question for consideration is whether the mere issuance of a notice under the provisions of Section 35(3) of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 is sufficient for any land being declared a “private forest” within the meaning of that expression as defined in Section 2(f)(iii) of the Maharashtra Private Forests (Acquisition) Act, 1975". Also "a tertiary question that arises is, assuming the disputed lands are forest lands, can the State be allowed to demolish the massive constructions made thereon over the last half a century. Given the facts and circumstances of these appeals, our answer to this question is also in the negative". Original Source; http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/imgs1.aspx?filename=41193