Agrawal had died at AIIMS Rishikesh on October 11, the 112th day of his fast-unto-death for the cause of Ganga. Agrawal’s body, which was to be donated to AIIMS Rishikesh as per his last wishes, remains in the medical college, depriving his followers of paying their final tributes.
On Wednesday, the Uttarakhand High Court declared all animals including “avian and aquatic” ones as “legal persons”. The jury is out on whether being vested with the rights of “a living person” is good news for Uttarakhand’s fauna.
The court order came when the Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal Singh was hearing a PIL filed by Himadri Jan Kalyan Sansthan, an Agastyamuni-based NGO, in 2015, where the NGO had requested that the authorities and agencies involved in dam-construction on the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers, must be ordered to stop the disposal of muck along the riverbanks.
On November 19 last year, the HC, responding to a PIL, had asked the state government to provide necessary amenities in all government schools across the state. The government runs 12,533 primary schools, 2,809 upper primary schools and 2,203 secondary schools.