City-based environmentalist files SLP with apex Court for release of Sonu

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Feb 2018 12:05:14


Staff Reporter

The dimming hopes of freedom for Sonu, the wild elephant captured by Forest Department in December 2015, reignited as a city-based environmentalist has filed Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court of India.
The Bench of Chief Justice Deepak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, in an order dated February 9, 2018, have stated that petitioner can again go to the High Court if in case the earlier directions for rehabilitation of Sonu in forests issued by the Chhattisgarh High Court aren’t complied with properly.

It’s worth noting here that Forest Officers have kept Sonu in captivity since December 1, 2015, despite the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest’s (PCCF) Wildlife order to release the elephant in Jungles. Chhattisgarh High Court, after hearing the environmentalist’s petition for the freedom of Sonu, had ordered the Forest Department for conducting an inspection of Sonu through the Thrissur College of Veterinary and Elephant Science Assistant professor and Project Director (Centre for Study of Elephant) Dr Rajeev TS. The learned elephant expert Dr Rajeev had put suggestions advocating for the release and rehabilitation (Contd on page 6)