Court nixes MCOCA against Sansar Chand

A Delhi court on Tuesday discharged alleged poacher San-sar Chand,accused of killing over 200 tigers

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 1:16 am

A Delhi court on Tuesday discharged alleged poacher San-sar Chand,accused of killing over 200 tigers,in an MCOCA case and gave him bail.

“…The supplementary complaints are the result of investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation without any jurisdiction and contrary to… law,thus,I hereby discharge all the accused persons (including Chand),” Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain said.

The court held that the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA),invoked by the CBI as a supplementary charge,could not be applied against Chand. Chand and his co-accused have been in jail in Jaipur since 2005.

The court said charges under MCOCA could not be brought in a case arising out of a complaint,and requires that a chargesheet is filed. Chand was being tried for offences under the Wildlife Act.

Counsel for Chand P K Dubey said his client had got bail about a year ago in a second case pending against him in Delhi. “In the other case,the court granted relief today… There are two more cases against him in Alwar,but we are hopeful of bail as he has already spent around eight years in jail,” Dubey said.

Chand,his associates and relatives have been accused of killing tigers and leopards in Sariska,which wiped out big cats from the reserve. In 2010,the so-called ‘Veerappan of North India’ was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rs 50,000 by a Delhi court.

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