Last week, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the elevation of Justice Sanjay Yadav as the chief justice of the Allahabad HC.
An official statement of the ministry said he is the senior-most Judge of Chhattisgarh High Court to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice.
A division bench of Chief Justice P R Ramachandra Menon and Justice Parth Prateem Sahu passed the order on Tuesday after hearing a suo motu (on its own) public interest litigation.
The Chhattisgarh High Court also issued directive to rehabilitate the families by providing them land.
Sushil Sharma filed a petition in the High Court against the order citing that the decision was taken with the biased intent and it can only act as the authority to recommend action.
The chief secretary, secretary (forest) and the principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) have been asked by the court to file their reply within four weeks.