The owner of Rambo Circus, PT Dilip, was granted bail by the judicial magistrate in Pimpri on Friday after he surrendered himself before the court. Followed by a complaint filed by Animal Welfare Board officer Sunil Havaldare against Rambo Circus, the Sangvi police had filed an FIR against Dilip under Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (PCA) Act, Sections 11, 12, 26 and 34. He was also charged with IPC Sections 289 and 336, and Wildlife Protection Act Section 38 (h).Abhijit Tikar, Dilip’s lawyer, said, “Except the Section 38 (h) offence of Wildlife Protection Act, which can lead to imprisonment for three years, all other offences give imprisonment of less than six months. The court considered our application of bail and granted it on three conditions. We were asked to furnish a bail amount of Rs 15,000.”
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The three conditions stated by the court are — the Rambo Circus owner should present himself before the investigating officer on every Monday and Friday between 5 pm to 7 pm; he should cooperate with the investigating officer and he should not tamper with evidence or witnesses. Late in the evening of May 27, Sangvi police confiscated 22 animals from Rambo Circus following allegations of cruelty and unlawful performance acts made by several NGOs against the circus company. A complaint was filed by city-based ResQ Charitable Trust and Delhi-based WildlifeSOS to the Animal Welfare Board of India authorities and following investigations by the board, the action to confiscate the animals was taken with the help of Sangvi police and forest department officials. Among the 22 animals that were confiscated were four elephants, three horses and one pony and fourteen dogs.
During the confiscation of the animals, while loading an elephant in the truck, other elephants in the circus premises became violent and broke the tent they were in. The circus employees also got into an argument with the police. “Two of my circus employees were booked for disrupting police work. They too have been granted bail,” said Sujit Dilip.