Can elephants be held captive by people under the law? The Supreme Court Tuesday decided to examine the legality of keeping captive elephants privately and sought replies from the Centre and some states.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh sought to know about the laws and regulations pertinent to the subject, and the authorities that would keep a watch on the welfare of the pachyderm in case it is permissible to keep them in private custody. “If there is a legislation then it must be enforced and everyone should follow it,” observed the bench, while fixing the matter for detailed hearing on April 27.
The bench also issued a notice to the Kerala government on an application challenging the amnesty scheme under which ownership certificates were being offered to owners of 289 captive elephants for registering the animals in the state.
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