India: Aravali forest officer transferred moments before presenting corruption evidence to high court

The managing authority of the Aravali forest received a setback as the Haryana government issued transfer orders for Gurgaon’s Conservator of Forests R P Balwan. The move came just days before he was to inform the Supreme Court about a massive land grab and illegal constructions inside the forest.

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“There are people who want to conceal the truth from the Supreme
Court, who say we should not provide the right information to the apex
court. That is the crux of the problem, but how can we afford to do
this? We have to tell the right thing. Truth has to prevail,” said R P
Balwan, Conservator of Forests, Gurgaon range. For three years, Balwan
has fought his own state government, trying to get them to crack down
on the illegal colonisation of the Aravali forests on the
Delhi-Haryana border.

But on Friday night, the Haryana government suddenly transferred him. For three years, Balwan has fought his own state government, trying to get them to crack down on the illegal colonisation of the Aravali forests on the Delhi-Haryana border. But on Friday night, the Haryana government suddenly transferred him. The timing of Balwan’s transfer could not have been more critical for he was preparing a final tally of satellite images of the Aravali
mountains which would have identified all illegal constructions.
Ironically, even the state forest minister was not informed about his
transfer.

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