With the Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitting actor Salman Khan in two cases of chinkara poaching, wildlife experts and enthusiasts expressed their unhappiness with the High Court’s verdict.
Well known wildlife conservationist Harsh Vardhan, secretary of Tourism & Wildlife Society of India, said that he was “unhappy” with the verdict. “It is amusing how easily the lower court’s judgement was overturned by the High Court. Government should challenge the verdict and appeal in the Supreme Court.”
Wildlife expert Dhirendra Godha said, “If Salman Khan did not kill the gazelles, then who killed them?” Timmie Kumar, trustee of Help in Suffering, an NGO which is “for helping suffering animals and all living things”, said that “whoever kills animals should be handed out punishment and sent to jail. Salman’s case was highlighted on account of his status but there are several offenders who go scot free in connivance with government officials. It is sad that poaching still goes on in Rajasthan.”
Another wildlife expert, Rupesh Kant Vyas, termed it a “total failure of the police and forest department. The lower courts had convicted him and it was the job of the government to see to it that it was upheld by the High Court. Now, without wasting time, the government should appeal in the apex court.”
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