because every tiger counts...


>> Only 26 leopards left in PKL sanctuaries   >> New measures for tiger census   >> Nagaland: Two arrested with tiger, elephant bones, over Rs 61,000 in cash   >> Centre`s freeze on settling forest rights in tiger habitats to continue   >> Fatal crossings: tigers in 26 reserves under threat   >> Poaching case: Salman appears in Jodhpur court   >> MP Continues to Lose Tigers, First Death of 2018 Reported   >> Tiger Census from Jan 8, safari to be closed for a week   >> 115 tiger deaths recorded in 2017 MP tops the list, Maharashtra 2nd   >> What led to death of the big cats?   >> maharashtra saw 19 tiger deaths in 2017   >> MP records one-fourth of tiger deaths in India in 2017, highest in country   >> CZA seeks report from Raj govt on shifting of tiger `Ustad`   >> Tigress falls prey to wire trap at Panna reserve   >> Tiger cub rescued in A.P.   >> India, neighbours agree to conduct joint tiger census   >> Ranthambore full, two tigers to be shifted   >> Wildlife numbers fall in Jharkhand even as forest cover increases   >> Winter tiger census in Anamalai forest   >> Poacher held with civet carcass in Castle Rock   >> Rajasthan seeks nod to bring tigers from other States   >> Rhino abode short of guards, poaching up   >> Foresters begin probe into death of tiger cub   >> Electric fences killing tigers in Maharashtra   >> State toll 23 as 2 tigers `poisoned`   >> Satkosia tiger reserve set to get 172 sq km more   >> Rhino Killed in Kaziranga   >> Wildlife department to use camera traps to fight poaching   >> Tiger leaves resort at Kabini, enters forest   >> Tiger mauls 10 yr old girl to death in Madhya Pradesh   >> Killer tigress that was to be shot electrocuted   >> Saved by court once, freed amid concerns, tigress dies of electrocution   >> Saved by court once, freed amid concerns, tigress dies of electrocution   >> Two tigers rescued from Syria find Dutch home   >> Tigress tranquillised outside Nagarahole   >> Leopard tranquilised 36 hrs after it landed at Maruti Plant   >> Bombay HC stalls order to shoot killer tigress   >> Tiger death   >> Madhya Pradesh loses two more young tigers; 15 in 9 months   >> Floods, not poachers, proved deadlier for Assam rhinos this year   >> With tiger revival on agenda, experts to visit Cambodia   >> Tigers of Kazakhstan   >> Randeep comes forward to save the national animal   >> habitat connectivity crucial for tigers   >> Tigers to make a comeback in Buxa reserve   >> Online rhino horn auction in S. Africa   >> Uncovered wells kill 1500 animals in Maha in 10 yrs   >> Bad news for Telangana’s big cats   >> Maharashtra lost 1,500 animals to uncovered wells in past 10 years, act before it’s late, say activists   >> Third tiger reserve core area opened for irrigation project construction   >> more >>   


back Go Back        Print

HC quashes shoot at sight order against tigress

India Today
New Delhi
29 Jun 2017

Nagpur, Jun 29 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today quashed a Maharashtra forest authorities shoot-at-sight order against a tigress of Brahmapuri forest area, dubbed as a "man-eater."
The shoot-at-sight order was quashed by the Nagpur bench of the high court on a plea by Dr Jerryl Avinash Banait, a medical practitioner and a wildlife enthusiast.
While hearing the plea, the division bench of justices B P Dharmadhikari and Rohit Deo also also castigated the forest authorities for their "casual and callous" approach on a serious issue of human safety and the tiger conservation.
The Maharashtra principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) had issued the shoot-at-sight order against the tigress on June 23 after she was suspected to have killed two persons and injured two others in Brahmapuri forest area in Chandrapur.
Dr Jerryl had challenged the shoot-at-sight order to kill the tigress T-27 cub-1 under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.
"Two deaths caused by the tigress occurred in the reserved jungle/ buffer zone, where humans cannot enter normally. The illegal entry of humans in reserved jungle/ protected area is violation of section 9 of the WLPA, 1972. Hence, the tigress should not be labelled as a man-eater," the petitioner said.
Counsel for the forest department, Ketki Joshi, admitted that the tigress could not be treated as a man-eater.
The high court accepted the arguments made by the petitioner and quashed the PCCF order.
Petitioners lawyer Tushar Mandlekar said the high court observed that the order had been passed without following the due process of law and was in violation of the guidelines issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on January 30, 2013.
The high court also found that the identification of the tigress and process contemplated in the NTCA guidelines was not followed, he said.
The NTCA guidelines state that the identity of the animal must be obtained through a committee constituted for the purpose, through camera trappings or direct sighting or pug impressions, besides collecting pieces of hair/excreta for DNA profiling. PTI CLS NP RAX BAS