PANAJI: Weeks after the order of the High Court of Bombay at Goa on declaring the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve within three months, the state government has appointed senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi to challenge the order in the Supreme Court of India.
“Rohatgi, a former attorney general for India, will represent the state to challenge the judgment & to defend the interest of the state of Goa” the order from Law Dept states.
The order also said that Mukil Rohatgi’s office may get in touch with the state forest department, to get the details of the case.
The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on July 24 directed the Government of Goa to notify the 208 sq. km. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) and its surrounding areas as a tiger reserve, and issue a notification within three months.
The Division Bench of Justices M.S. Sonak and Bharat Deshpande was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Goa Foundation, a local NGO seeking direction to the Goa Government to notify the tiger reserves of the State as requested by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).