BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Friday directed the police to rescue animals allegedly kept in inhuman condition near a mosque in Shivajinagar.
The court also directed the police to provide adequate protection for two advocates who were appointed as Court Commissioners to assist Gau Gyan Foundation in shifting of animals allegedly kept under illegal confinement.
Justice Arvind Kumar issued this direction after hearing the petition filed by Foundation seeking direction to Shivajinagar police as they failed to rescue animals despite the order issued by the trial court on Wednesday. The judge appointed advocates Chandranath Ariga and Akshatha as Court Commissioners. They were asked to visit the spot along with petitioners to shift cattle.
After hearing the complaint filed by the Foundation, the trial court on Wednesday said that in order to ascertain the true state of affairs, a detailed investigation is needed. Hence, the complaint was referred to Station House Officer, Shivajinagar.
During the investigation, if the investigating officer finds any cows, calves, buffaloes, bulls, etc. kept in inhuman manner and condition, the investigating officer is directed to rescue them in accordance with law and submit report, the trial court ordered.However, this order was not complied with. Hence, the Foundation moved the High Court against inaction of Shivajinagar police.
Advocate H Pavanachandra Shetty, representing the Foundation, contended that large number of cattle were found near a prayer hall at Shivajinagar for slaughter purpose and they were kept illegally. When the complainants approached the police, top police officials and also the BBMP authorities, did not take any action.
The Foundation submitted a complaint on June 17, 2017 to Deputy Commissioner of Police and representation dated July 11, 2017 to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with photographs and CD in support of its allegations, Shetty argued.
The complainants Kavita Jain and Joshine Antony, members of the Gau Gyan Foundation, have alleged that accused Mohammed Ejaz Quereshi and Syed Akram indulged in said illegal activities and the cows and calves were tied inside rooms in inhuman manner. Therefore, the complainants have sought for legal action against the accused.