Case against Vodafone, forest officials suspended

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Case filed against Vodafone
Bhopal, Dec 10: Seven forest officials have been suspended in connection with the case filed against Vodafone Essar South Limited for laying cables without permission in two wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh.

"Seven forest officials were suspended yesterday for negligence of duty and a case was registered against Vodafone Essar South Limited Company under Forest Conservation Act, following a probe which found that the telecom company had undertaken illegal digging and cable laying work in Ratapani and Singhori sanctuaries between August and October," officials informed on Thursday, Dec 10.

A ranger was one among the seven officials suspended.

The officials also said that show cause notices have been served upon R K Dixit and C S Dubey- superintendents of Ratapani and Singhori sanctuaries respectively.

An NGO called Prayatna lodged a complaint with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh in Nov 2009 following which a probe was started.

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