KOCHI: A Central legislation vesting the right for �disintegrating sandalwood for manufacturing and selling of sandalwood oil with the government and imposing stringent punishments for sandalwood-related offences has been drawn up.
The draft has proposed to make the offences cognizable and non-bailable. It also permits any forest officer to use as much force and cause injury to persons and property to prevent the commission of offences and apprehend persons who have committed or found engaged in commission of the offence. The maximum punishment has been prescribed as imprisonment up to ten years and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.