A 50-year-old man was sentenced to six months of imprisonment by a local court after he was found guilty of encroaching a forest land here and building a house on it.
Judge V P Patil convicted Vijendra Singh Kisan Singh Ramprasad,who came from outside Maharashtra and settled on the land here after clearing the trees and bushes.
According to the prosecution,the accused had cleaned up the forest land bearing survey number 521 and built a hut there.
Counsel for the forest department Sagar Kadam,in his submission produced in the court,said the spot in question came within the reserved forests to which the provisions of the Forest Act would be applicable.
In her order,the judge observed: Only because photographs are not placed on record,doubt cannot be created about the prosecution story when independent…witness is supporting the prosecution case.
The counsel argued that the accused had contravened the provision of law and he should be punished as per law. The judge held the accused guilty under the Indian Forest Act,1927,and sentenced him to six months imprisonment.