HC voices displeasure over no response on assurance to hike fine for stray animals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 15:30:43


Legal Correspondent,

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice S K Seth and Justice Anjuli Palo has shown displeasure with regard to no response regarding assurance given to enhance fine in the matter of stray cattle and animals. During hearing, petitioner submitted that despite specific order on various dates last on November 6, 2017, to Government Advocate Piyush Dharmadhikari no response was filed. Government Advocate Prakash Gupta said, Is this how Advocate General office functions? No regards for court orders in case on next hearing court will compel for direction appearance of Principal Secretary, Urban Administration. Advocate Anshuman Singh, counsel for Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, submitted a compliance report with regard to efforts of JMC.

Division bench has listed the matter for hearing on January first week. In previous hearing of the case, Advocate Anshuman Singh prayed for time to file report with regards to action taken by Jabalpur Municipal Corporation against street dogs and stray cattles roaming on roads. Let the report be filed within a week, the division bench said.

Hearing on November 6, Municipal Commissioner Ved Prakash was also present in person before the court in compliance of the previous order. Advocate Anshuman Singh had filed a compliance report regarding action taken by the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation against street dogs and stray cattle on streets.

Ved Prakash had submitted that at present fine of Rs 500 is too meager and is not acting as a deterrent, therefore, a proposal has been sent to the State Government to enhance it to Rs 5,000 so that it works as an effective deterrent against release of cattle or bull on payment of the fine, otherwise people generally pay Rs 500 and get their cattle released from the Corporation and let them roaming on public streets causing traffic hazards. Thus, it becomes a perennial and pernicious cycle.

Thereafter, division bench of MPHC had directed Advocate Piyush Dharmadhikari to seek instructions in the matter from the State Government on proposal made by the Municipal Commissioner. Madhya Pradesh High Court listed the matter after two weeks. Meanwhile, Anshuman Singh shall file further progress report.