Saurashtra Felling of Trees (Infliction of Punishment) Act, 1951
(Saurashtra Act No. 17 of 1951)
Last Updated 11th March, 2020 [guj387]
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 6
(a) "Collector" means a Collector of the District having jurisdiction.
(i) in relation to the Bombay area and the Saurashtra area of the State of Gujarat, the Bombay Land Revenue Code, 1879 ; and
(ii) in relation to the Kutch area of the State of Gujarat, the Bombay Land Revenue Code, 1879 as applied to that area ;] :
(f) expressions used, but not defined in this Act, shall have the same meanings as are assigned to them in [ the Code ].3. Unauthorised felling of trees prohibited. - (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in [ the Code ] or in any other law for the time being in force in the State-
(a) no person either by himself or through any other person shall, without the written permission of the Collector or any other officer [or] [any Village Panchayat constituted or deemed to be a Village Panchayat under the Bombay Village Panchayats Act, 1958] duly empowered in this behalf by the Government, voluntarily fell, appropriate or damage, or cause to be felled., appropriated or damaged, any tree, or any portion thereof [***]
(b) any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-clause (a) shall, on conviction by a revenue officer not below the rank of a Mahalkari authorised by Government in this behalf, be liable to fine which may extend to rupees one thousand [and which shall not be less than rupees fifty, unless the Revenue Officer inflicting such fine considers it improper, for special reasons to be recorded in writing, to inflict such minimum amount of fine ].[(2) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall apply to the felling, appropriating or damaging any branch of babool tree for the purpose of using it or causing it to be used for cleaning teeth ]. 4. Appeal. - [(1)] The order of the revenue officer passed under clause (b) of sub- section (1) of section 3 shall be final subject to appeal which may be preferred, within 30 days of the date of communication of such order, to the Collector. [(2) It shall be lawful for the Collector to delegate his power to hear appeal under sub-section (1) to the Assistant Collector or any Deputy Collector subordinate to him]. [4A. Procedure. - In dealing with cases under this Act, the revenue officers and the Collector shall follow, as far as may be practicable, the procedure prescribed in Chapter XII or XIII, as the case may be, of [ the Code ]]. 5. Provisions of this Act to be in addition to and not in derogation of, any other law for the time being in force. - Provisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions of any other law for the time being in force. 6. Fine recoverable as arrear of land revenue. - Any fine inflicted under this Act shall be recoverable as arrear of land revenue. [7. Payment of portion of fine to informer. - The revenue officer trying any case under the provision of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 3, or the Collector [ or the Assistant Collector or the Deputy Collector, as the case may be ] hearing an appeal under section 4 may direct that any portion, not exceeding one-fourth, of any fine which may be imposed under any of the said sections, shall be paid to, or distributed amongst, such person or persons as may have given assistance in the detection of the offence, as reward]. [8. persons seeing tree or portion being felled to take felled tree or portion to nearest revenue officer. - It shall be lawful for any person present at or near the place where an offence of contravention of the provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 3 is, or is being committed, to take the felled, appropriated or damaged tree or any portion thereof, as the case may be, to the nearest revenue officer ]. [9. Order for disposal of property. - While passing an order under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 3, the revenue officer may make such order as he thinks fit for the disposal by confiscation or delivery to any person claiming to be entitled to possession thereof or otherwise, of felled, appropriated or damaged tree or any portion thereof, produced before him or in. his custody or regarding which any offence appears to have been committed.] [10. Revisional power of Government. - (1) The Government may call for and examine the records of any proceedings of any revenue officer under this Act for the purpose of satisfying itself as to the legality or propriety of any decision or order passed and as to the regularity of the proceedings of such officer. (2) If in any case it shall appear to the Government that any decision or orders passed in any proceedings called for under sub-section (1) requires to be modified annulled or reversed, it may pass such orders thereon as it deems fit:] [ Provided that no such order which adversely affects any person shall be passed under this section unless such person has been given reasonable opportunity of being heard]. [11. Rules. - The Government may make rules for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act].