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Forest official suspended over party in reserve area by 5-star hotel in Jaipur

A private party was organized at Jaipur's Jhalana Forest Reserve.

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September 13, 2023, 4:49 pm

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A private party was organized at Jaipur's Jhalana Forest Reserve.

JAIPUR: The Forest Department of Rajasthan acted swiftly regarding a private party at Jhalana Leopard Reserve in Jaipur. On Sunday, the department suspended the Regional Forest Officer II and Forester-in-charge, Joginder Singh.

An investigation into safari operators at the reserve has also been ordered. Those found guilty will face action under the Wildlife Act 1972.

The wildlife activists alleged that the luxury hotel, Leela Palace of Jaipur, hosted the party in connivance with some Forest Department officials last Thursday. The event featured tea, breakfast, and fruits for guests at a hunting lodge inside the reserve. A temporary kitchen was set up for this purpose, with staff attending to guests.

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Wildlife enthusiasts protested after a video of the party surfaced. In response, the Forest Department began a probe. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Munesh Garg, ordered action against the responsible officials on Sunday.

Though only water bottles are typically allowed inside the reserve, several prohibited items were brought in for the party. This included kitchen equipment, cushions, tableware, food, and more. Chefs prepared dishes for the special guests, while hotel staff oversaw the event.

First published: September 10, 2023
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