HC dismisses second bail application of petitioner in matter of tiger killing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 12:18:33

Legal Correspondent,

In the matter related to killing of tiger, single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C V Sirpurkar has dismissed the second bail application filed on behalf of the petitioner Janpad Baiga for the offence registered against him under Sections 9, 39, 51 of Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.

The single bench has heard on this second application for bail under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure filed on behalf of the petitioner Janpad Baiga in Crime registered by Police Station Forest Range Panpatha, District- Umariya under Sections 9, 39, 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

His first application for bail was dismissed by order dated on February 22, 2017, passed on merits by a detailed order. By way of change in circumstances for this second application, counsel for the petitioner submitted that the charge-sheet in the matter has been filed. In the facts and circumstances of the case, that by itself cannot be said to be a change in material circumstances in this case, entitling the petitioner to bail. Consequently, this second application for bail filed on behalf of the Janpad Baiga is also dismissed, the single bench said.

As per the prosecution case, on November 4, 2016, the Forest officials discovered carcass of a dead tiger inside the bushes. During investigation, it was discovered that the Tejbhan Singh, Khelan Singh and Janpad Bainga had laid a trap for wild animals by driving wooden pegs in the ground and tying naked GI wires around those pegs. Thereafter, the electric current was released into the GI wires from nearby electricity line by means of a plastic coated wires.As a result, a tiger was entrapped therein and was electrocuted. After the incident, petitioners and co-accused persons concealed the body of the tiger behind the bushes. During the investigation, the marks of pegs driven in the ground, the peelings of plastic coated electric wire and small pieces of G.I.

wires discovered. 23 pegs were also discovered concealed near the scene of the crime. At some places, the grass was found to have been burnt. The blood clots of the tiger, were found to be concealed with soil. With the help of the Dog Squad, the investigators converged upon the Tej Bhan Singh. A bundle of G.I. wire was recovered from under the bed of the Tejbhan Singh in his hut. Tejbhan Singh led the investigators to Khelan Singh and Janpad Bainga. All the three persons confessed to the crime and disclosed that a few days earlier, they had entrapped a wild bore in the same manner and had eaten its meat.