Delhi High Court appoints Justice Najmi Waziri as chairman of Forest Conservation Committee

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The Delhi High Court appointed retired high court judge Justice Najmi Waziri to chair the internal departmental committee for forest conservation.

An Overview of the News

  • The objective of this decision is to ensure serious cooperation from various departments in collecting documents, maps and records required for effective forest conservation.


  • The Delhi High Court had earlier issued an order on December 21, 2023, emphasizing the need to protect deemed and protected forest areas in the national capital.

  • A petition was filed seeking amendment to the order nominating a retired High Court judge to chair the internal departmental committee responsible for forest conservation.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • The Court expects full cooperation from all concerned departments with the Committee headed by Justice Waziri.

  • The Delhi Government has been entrusted with the task of immediately providing all necessary secretarial facilities and assistance to Justice Waziri.

  • The amendment to the order dated December 21, 2023, includes appointing Justice Waziri to head the committee.

Purpose of Appointment:

  • The purpose of the nomination of the retired High Court judge is to bring greater seriousness and efficiency in the collaborative efforts of various departments.

  • The aim is to protect forest and deemed forest areas from further encroachment and denudation.

Composition and responsibilities of the committee:

  • The committee consists of officers like the Chief Conservator of Forests, Conservator of Forests, and Deputy Conservator of Forests.

  • Its primary responsibility is to ensure that concrete measures are taken for the conservation, reclamation, and enhancement of both protected and deemed forests.

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