Bhopal, April 29 -- A Madhya Pradesh forest department officer has imposed a fine of Rs.1.20 crore on a member of an indigenous forest tribe for allegedly cutting two trees in the forest of Raisen district, calculating the cost on basis of measurable and immeasurable benefits provided by trees, forest officials said.

The fine was imposed on Chhote Lal Bhilala, 30, a resident of Silwani village of Raisen district, who was spotted cutting two sagaon (or sagwan; teak) trees at Singori Sanctuary on January 5. He was arrested on April 26.

Bamhori forest ranger Mahendra Singh said, "According to study of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, a tree provides intangible benefits of Rs.52 lakh for 50 years. This includes oxygen ...