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SC closes contempt case against Maharashtra officials for rewarding killers of “man-eating” tigress Avni | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday closed the case seeking contempt action against senior Maharashtra officials for rewarding people who had killed an alleged ‘man-eating’ Avni tigress in Yavatmal district in 2018 after that it was reported that the murder was approved by the leadership. Court.
A bench of Chief Justice Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, who had previously issued a notice to initiate contempt action against Maharashtra’s Chief Clerk Vikas Kharge and eight others, allowed the rights activist of the Sangeeta Dogra animals withdraw his statement.
During the videoconference hearing, the court told Dogra that the state government in its response has said that the decision to kill the man-eating tigress was approved by this court.
“We cannot say that the tigress was not a man-eater and review the previous court decision,” the court said, adding that if the villagers celebrated that they were relieved by the murder, then how can they take note of the authorities? .
Dogra, who appeared in person, said the correct facts were not presented in court.
The bank said how can the case be investigated, if the tigress was killed according to proper procedures.
He said officers have testified under oath that they did not celebrate after the tigress’s murder.
The bank told Dogra, “Bring us a better case. We can’t consider this. Next time come ahead so we can help you. Either withdraw it or we scrap it.”
Dogra said he would drop the case.
On February 10, the high court had issued a plea notice seeking contempt action against Kharge and eight others for rewarding people who had killed an alleged “man-eating” tigress.
Dogra had claimed that the tigress was not a man-eater, as is apparent from the post-mortem report of the animal.
On November 2, 2018, the tigress Avni or T1 as she was officially known, believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 13 people in Maharashtra in two years, was shot dead in the Yavatmal district of the state.
“Avni was shot dead by sniper Asgar Ali, son of the famous sniper Nawab Shafat Ali, in compartment 149 of the Borati forest under the jurisdiction of the Ralegaon Police Station,” a police officer had said at the time.
The forest department has claimed that the six-year-old T1 tigress, along with two of her nine-month-old cubs, have consumed 60 percent of a human carcass, leading to declaring her a ‘man-eater’.
On September 11, 2018, the high court refused to interfere with the Bombay High Court’s decision, saying that the forest department would be bound by its own order to reassure her first and, in case of failure, shoot her.
“The T-1 tiger cubs will be tranquilized and transferred to the Rescue center. Efforts to tranquilize and capture the T-1 tiger will continue and, if unsuccessful, they will be eliminated by shooting to prevent further loss of human life.” said the higher court.
He had said Chief Conservator of Forests, Yavatmal is authorized to carry out the previous request but “will not declare any award or similar incentive for the responsible person.

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