Thursday, 4 June 2015

Accused convicted in shahtoosh shawls seizure case

One person who was caught by wildlife officials with 5 shahtoosh shawls at Delhi Hatt in November 1996 has convicted by trial court in Delhi.

Court held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused that five shawls were recovered from the possession of accused, on the said date, time and place. The said shawls were made of/derived from   Tibetan   Antelope   (Pantholops   hodgsonii)   which  are   specified   in Schedule ­I of the Act and thus accused have contravened the provisions of section 44/49 and 49B(1) of the Act which is  punishable u/s 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Accordingly, accused is held guilty and is convicted for the offence u/s  44/49 and 49B(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act.

Convict has been sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for one year for the offences punishable u/s 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act along with a fine of Rs.5000/ in default simple imprisonment for one week.

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