ANIMALS TOO CAN FEEL THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PAIN: GUJARAT HIGH COURT
16th January 2021
The applicant filed a plea for seeking regular bail for the offenses conducted under The Prevention Of Animal Cruelty Act and Animal Preservation Act. On 1st March 2020, Niteshbhai Kanubhai, along with his fellow constables, were on duty when they noticed a truck loaded with legs and neck of 15 cows and 7 calves; all in all, there were 22 animals tied up with a rope. After investigation, it turned out that the accused (applicant) was the owner of the truck and was driving at the time of the incident.
The accused got arrested by transfer warrant as he was arrested for similar cases before. The accused put his contentions before the court by stating that he was a part of buying and selling animals but was not a part of slaughtering activity and was falsely implicated in the present case.
On the other hand, APP submitted that the accused was a habitual offender and has been involved in similar nature cases. The court noticed that the accused was absconding after the alleged incident and was arrested in July 2020.
As the accused was driving the said truck wherein animals were tied up with a rope in a fierce manner. The court found that there was a prima facie involvement of the applicant and, considering the gravity and the seriousness of the crime, refused to grant him the bail