Stating that none of the reasons cited by the police department are acceptable, he ordered a SIT inquiry into the indifferent attitude adopted by police in smuggling case.
One of the accused, Ramana Reddy, is a repeat offender who would deploy woodcutters through Elagiri in Tamil Nadu to chop the red sanders trees in the forest area.
In the three combing operations, a task force team seized 19 red sanders logs and a motorbike worth Rs 50 lakh and arrested 20 smugglers from TN.
The court said the day on which the police claimed to have filed the chargesheet was a public holiday.
Police intercepted a group of people, who tried to escape vehicular checks, caught the accused and seized the contraband concealed in nine bags and wood pieces in four bags.