PIL Contesting Order to Shoot Tiger Associated with Farmer Attack is dismissed by High Court

A PIL contesting the ruling made by the Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests was dismissed by the Kerala High Court. The directive instructed the authorities to deal with the tiger that attacked and partially consumed a farmer in Wayanad by taking appropriate action, which included shooting.

Authorities found the farmer’s body 500 meters from the stretch of forest on December 9, 2023. The Chief Wildlife Warden’s order to shoot the tiger if capturing and tranquilizing it proved to be impractical was opposed by the petitioner.

In addition to dismissing the plea, Chief Justice A.J. Desai and Justice V.G. Arun fined the petitioner, Animal and Nature Ethics Community (ANEC), Rs. 25,000. The Court hinted that there could have been a hidden agenda behind the PIL’s filing.

The Court noted that numerous communications and expert committee reports were carefully reviewed before the contested order was issued. Along with the plea’s dismissal, Legal Aid was instructed to receive the imposed cost and deposit it within two weeks of the order’s date.

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