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HC asks Chief Wild Life Warden to pass fresh order

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GUWAHATI, June 25 - The Gauhati High Court today disposed of the PIL seeking its intervention in regard to the decision of the State Government to transport on lease for six months four elephants from Tinsukia in upper Assam to Ahmedabad in Gujarat for participating in the annual Rath Yatra festival to be held on July 4, ruling that it would be ill-fit to make any comment as to in what manner the elephants are to be transported.

�However, before any such steps are taken, the relevant circumstances have to be taken into consideration as the safety of the elephants is of paramount importance and this aspect has to be considered and be left to the experts,� the Division bench comprising Chief Justice (Acting) Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Manish Choudhury stated.

As such, the obligation was passed by the Division Bench to the Principal Chief Conservator (Wildlife) and Chief Wild Life Warden, Assam.

The Division Bench was of the opinion that the Chief Wild Life Warden, Assam shall pass a fresh order considering all aspects of the transportation of the elephants.

The Additional Advocate General, Assam had submitted before the Court that airconditioned wagons for the transport of the elephants are not available, as communicated to him by the Standing Counsel, Railway Department.

Therefore, the Division Bench directed that fresh orders may be passed on or before June 26 and a copy of the said order be furnished to Bhaskar Dev Konwar, senior advocate for the petitioners on the day itself of passing of the order.�The PIL was filed by two animal rights activists of the State � Nandini Baruah and Urmi Mala Das.

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HC asks Chief Wild Life Warden to pass fresh order

GUWAHATI, June 25 - The Gauhati High Court today disposed of the PIL seeking its intervention in regard to the decision of the State Government to transport on lease for six months four elephants from Tinsukia in upper Assam to Ahmedabad in Gujarat for participating in the annual Rath Yatra festival to be held on July 4, ruling that it would be ill-fit to make any comment as to in what manner the elephants are to be transported.

�However, before any such steps are taken, the relevant circumstances have to be taken into consideration as the safety of the elephants is of paramount importance and this aspect has to be considered and be left to the experts,� the Division bench comprising Chief Justice (Acting) Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Manish Choudhury stated.

As such, the obligation was passed by the Division Bench to the Principal Chief Conservator (Wildlife) and Chief Wild Life Warden, Assam.

The Division Bench was of the opinion that the Chief Wild Life Warden, Assam shall pass a fresh order considering all aspects of the transportation of the elephants.

The Additional Advocate General, Assam had submitted before the Court that airconditioned wagons for the transport of the elephants are not available, as communicated to him by the Standing Counsel, Railway Department.

Therefore, the Division Bench directed that fresh orders may be passed on or before June 26 and a copy of the said order be furnished to Bhaskar Dev Konwar, senior advocate for the petitioners on the day itself of passing of the order.�The PIL was filed by two animal rights activists of the State � Nandini Baruah and Urmi Mala Das.