Friday, 20 July 2018

Nepali citizen convicted in leopard skin seized case

In January this year SoG of Uttarakhand police arrested a Nepali national with a leopard skin in Pithoragarh distict, after the fast trial CJM court had convicted the accused and sentenced him to four years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Leopard skins seizure: Appeal filed by convict rejected

An appeal filed by the convict against the sentencing of three years imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine was rejected by Sessions Court in Panchkula, Haryana. The case was pertains to the seizure of 4 leopard skins by CBI in June 2016.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Bison poaching in tiger reserve, 1 convicted

In July last year Melghat tiger reserve (Maharashtra) officials were arrested a person (11 are still absconding) in connection with killing of a Gaur (Indian bison). After the trial a court in Amravati district had convicted the accused and sentenced him to 3 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹50,000 fine.

Court noted that "It needs to be noted that the present case is of hunting of a wild animal. It is a crime against the nature and natural wealth which has to be preserved at any cost. The offence is serious and the accused is not of young age who does not understand the consequences of his act. Even though he is illiterate, the gravity of killing a wild animal like Bison can be understood and he not only killed the said animal but ate it after cooking. Hence the accused cannot be shown any leniency.
However, considering age of the accused which is about fifty years and the fact that he could not say much in this regard, it would be just to give him minimum punishment provided under Wildlife (Protection) Act."

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Tiger bone seizure: Five years imprisonment to 3 persons

In June 2015 Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and STF of Uttar Pradesh police were seized approximate 11 kg of tiger bones including 2 skulls from Bijnore district when they were investigating a previous wildlife crime case registered in Delhi on September 2013.  After the trial a court in Delhi had convicted 3 accused and acquitted 1 person. Convicted persons were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and a fine of Rs. 20,000/- each.

Court noted that expert witness who has stated that on the basis of lab analysis, the case property was concluded as that both the skulls are of Tiger (Panthera tigris). Witnesses have totally supported the case of the prosecution regarding the recovery of tiger bones and also they all are corroborating each other on all material aspects and there are no major inconsistency or contradictions in their statement. Their statements on record are found to be cogent, inspires the confidence of the Court and there is no reason to disbelieve the same.

During sentencing court pointed that “Despite best efforts put in by the Government of almost all the countries across the globe, wild life offences are not coming down. Such case needs to be dealt with strictly to curb the wild life offences. Moreover, tiger is our National Animal and killing of our national pride should be dealt with iron hands. Convicts have committed offence of the greatest magnitude against the wildlife.”

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

No sighting of tigers at Palamau tiger reserve since February

Palamau Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand has not seen any tiger or found any evidence of it after February this year, the last formal big cat count at this habitat - six - made in September 2017 by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, now seeming too good to be true. Baresarn range of the PTR last saw a tiger on camera this February, said its ranger Bhola Prasad. No tiger was trapped on camera, not any pugmark or any scat found after that, PTR officials admit. Also, the habitat's Tiger Protection Force (TPF) has no clue where the big cats could have gone.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Critically Endangered - Great Indian Bustard electrocuted

A Great Indian Bustard (GIB), died after hitting a high-tension wire at Ramdeora closure in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan on 27 June 2018. This is the fourth GIB, locally known as ‘godawan’, that has died in this manner in last one year.

Rhino poacher sentenced to 7 years imprisonment

The Court of Additional Sessions Judge, Golaghat, Madhurjya Narayan, sentenced Manik Das of Sonitpur district to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of seven years and also to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 and in default of payment of fine, he will have to undergo simple imprisonment of another three months under Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act read with (Assam Amendment) Act 2009 for killing a rhino. On January 10, 2015 one bullet-ridden carcass of rhino was recovered on the northern side of Khainala of Chibe Chapori under Sixth Addition of Kaziranga National Park.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Three years imprisonment for Chinkara poachers

A court in Beohari had convicted three persons for killing a Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) in Shahdol district, Madhya Pradesh on August 2015. The accused were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine each.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Three poachers convicted for elephant poaching in Tamil Nadu

The court of District Munsif -cum- Judicial Magistrate in Kotagiri, Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu had convicted three people for killing an elephant and removing its tusks in July 2011 at Nilgiris North forest division. Three convicts were sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine each for violating Wildlife Protection Act and a fine of ₹500 each for violating Tamil Nadu Forest Act. Out of fine ₹14,000 has been ordered to reward the persons who renders assistance in the detection of the offence/ the apprehension of the offenders u/s 60A(1) of Wildlife Protection Act.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Three persons convicted in sand boa smuggling

A court in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh had convicted three people for smuggling a sand boa snake in July 2012 and sentenced them to 1 year imprisonment and ₹250 fine each.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

5 persons convicted in tiger poaching and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment

Five people whom were shot and injured a tiger using muzzle loader gun (animal later died during treatment) in North Betul forest division, Madhya Pradesh on April 2017 were convicted by CJM - Hoshangabad and sentenced them to 7 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹1 lakh fine each.
Read the judgement:

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Three years rigorous imprisonment for killing a hare

A person who was hunted a hare with the help of dog in August 2014 at Balaghat North forest division, Madhya Pradesh was convicted by court. Accused was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine.

Three years imprisonment for person caught with bear gall bladder

A court in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand had convicted a person who was arrested with a bear gall bladder in October 2012. Court had sentenced him to three years imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

3 years imprisonment for smuggling of owl, leopard and Musk deer body parts

In September last year, Uttarakhand Forest department arrested two persons with 1 owl and body parts of leopard and musk deer in Rudraprayag district. After the trial CJM Rudraprayag had convicted one of the accused and sentenced him to three years imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine. Case against other accused is pending.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Haryana: Appeal filed by convicts allowed in black buck poaching case

Appeal filed by six convicts against the verdict of Special Environment Court in connection with killing of black buck and hares was allowed by Sessions court, Faridabad. The case was related to former Indian cricket captain (case against him was abated by lower court during the trial stage) and reported from Jhajjar district of Haryana on June 2005.