The Bombay High Court on Friday directed that the animals housed in the Queens Road bungalow of noted animal rights activist Claude Lila Parulekar (78) be shifted to a shelter in Urali Devachi.
Pranoti Vyas,a food-technologist from Satara,had moved the Bombay High Court through her lawyer Pradeep Havnur,seeking directions to the disability commissioner to take action for urgent assistance to Parulekar who suffers from a number of ailments including Alzheimers disease,Parkinsons disease,left-paralysis,urinary tract infection and low immunity. Parulekar was allegedly under house-arrest with 150-200 rescued animals including dogs and cows with no trained staff to look after them.
Vyas had alleged that the award winning activist and daughter of Nanasaheb Parulekar,the founder of the Sakaal Group,is in the clutches of the Pawar group led by Pratap Pawar,who initially tried to grab property and shares of Lila in Sakaal Papers Ltd.
The court had earlier appointed a committee to ensure medical assistance to Parulekar who was moved to a hospital for treatment. The court asked the Sakaal group to deposit Rs 50,000 to enable the committee to supervise the shifting of the animals to Urali Devachi.
Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi had earlier stepped in to look after the animals lodged at Parulekars house. Manoj Oswal of the People for Animals Organisation informed the court that they have vaccinated 200 animals in the premises.
The case has been adjourned till February 23.