Principal District and Sessions court of Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu ordered a person who sought anticipatory bail in a case to cut 100 Seemai Karuvelam trees as part of the bail conditions.
K Rajendran (45) of Marungur had filed a petition seeking advance bail in connection with a case of assault. Karuvagam police have registered a case against Rajendran for the alleged offences 94(b) (uttering obscene words), 323 (causing hurt), 354 (A) (making sexual remarks) and 506(ii) of IPC.
Fearing arrest, Rajendran moved the Session Court for anticipatory bail.
When the case came up on Wednesday, Principal District Judge A K A Rahman granted anticipatory bail to Rajendran on the condition that he furnish a surety for Rs 10,000. Further, the judge ordered that the petitioner should cut 100 Seemai Karuvelam trees in his village within 20 days. If he could not find that much trees in his village, he should uproot the trees in the next village to meet the number.
Moreover, he should produce before the court on the 21st day of grant of bail a compliance certificate from Village Administrative Officer (VAO), failing which the anticipatory bail would be cancelled. The petitioner should also enclose necessary photographs that he had removed the trees.
The judge said that a copy of the order be sent to the tahsildar concerned and the VAO for monitoring the removal of trees by Rajendran.
Recently, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court had passed an order directing removal of Seemai Karuvelam trees across the State. District judges had been directed to monitor the process in their respective districts at regular intervals and submit a detailed report.
According to reports Karuvelam tree absorbs more than four litres of water to obtain one kilogram of biomass. It cannot even shelter birds as it produces less oxygen and more carbon dioxide. If it does not have sufficient water it begins absorbing ground water. nd if there is no groundwater, it starts absorbing humidity from the surroundings. It can also turn the groundwater poisonous.