The petition was taken up today (22) before Appeal Court Judge Arjuna Obeysekera.
The petitioner, Nagananda Kodithuwakku, informed the court that the 4th respondent in this case Minister Rishad Bathiudeen had been continuously clearing the forest reserve.
As a result, Nagananda Kodithuwakku pleaded with the court to take up the petition urgently for the hearing.
Accordingly, the petition will be taken up by the Appeal Court on the 28th of June.
The petition was filed by environmentalist Malinda Seneviratne and Nagananda Kodithuwakku.
The petitioners say that there is a huge environmental impact due to unauthorized constructions of the forest area in Wilpattu.
Therefore, the petitioners requested the court to issue an order preventing unauthorized constructions and clearing of the forest cover.