The division, with the most number of naturally grown sandalwood trees, appointed former sandalwood smugglers as temporary watchers in a bid to effectively prevent the illegal felling and transporting of the valuable tropical trees.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan granted permission for the vigilance probe based on the recommendation of the special investigation team (SIT).
The cub was found in the Mangala Devi forest region by the forest personnel on November 21, 2020. The 60-day-old female tiger cub was named Mangala.
The Kerala Forest Department takes stock of the sandalwood trees in Marayur every three years. The last census was conducted in 2019. There were 59,784 trees by the last count.
The court also termed as disturbing that statutory provisions were infringed by officials by issuing executive directions 'with impunity.'
The SIT, that began the probe into the controversial order of the revenue department, seized the files leading to it. The computer logs of the electronic files have been frozen.
Marayur in Idukki district is famed for its sweet jaggery and sweet-smelling sandalwood forest.
According to figures released by the forest department, 2,419 teak and rosewood trees were lost since the circular was issued in March 11, 2020 despite objections by the law officer.
Political experts said that Chandrasekharan, a loyal partyman, would never take any action without the approval of the CPI leadership.
All possible legal measures would be taken against violators of law, he said while inaugurating a slew of afforestation projects in Kozhikode as part of the week-long 'Forest Festival' organised by the Forest Department.