High court seeks report on lion deaths at Nahargarh rescue centre

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan high court has sought details on the two lions who reportedly died at the Nahargarh rescue centre recently due to lack of care. A bench of Justice Mahesh Chand Sharma asked for the details on the basis of a request made by lawyers during the hearing of Hingonia cowshed case on Friday.


As senior forest officials were present in the courtroom for the cowshed case in which irregularities are alleged in its upkeep, lawyers P C Bhandari and Lalit Sharma also brought the issue of lions’ death. Justice Sharma promptly directed the forest officers to inform the court about the number of lions at the rescue centre, their names and age and who their caretakers are.


The details are to be submitted to court by January 15, 2013.


As for the upkeep of cows at Hingonia shed, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) told court that it would deploy 50 more men for the purpose. In response to a court query, JMC CEO Jagroop Singh Yadav informed the bench that one person was needed to look after 25 cows. The official assured the court on deputing adequate maintenance staff at the cowshed. It was also committed that the number of vehicles engaged in picking up stray cows would be increased to six.


Justice Sharma directed the Kanota police station to depute a policeman to visit the cowshed twice everyday to ensure that the animals were looked after well. He would also record his visit details in the police station’s daily register (rojnaamcha), the court ordered.


On the complaint that some people were illegally taking away milch cows from the shed and replacing those with non-productive ones, Justice Sharma ordered the Kanota police station staff to check this with assistance from the cowshed commissioner.


The court was further assured by JMC about providing 16 LED lights at the cowshed by January 31, 2013. The civic body has already put in place two high-mast lights at the shed.



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