Chennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court will consider today the plea that the tusker ‘Arikomban’ should not be released in the forest and should be extradited to Kerala. The Madurai Bench will consider the petition filed by Ernakulam native Rabeca Joseph.
As per the court’s latest direction, the Arikomban should be kept in custody of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, until a detailed hearing is held on the plea of Rabeca Joseph. While the reports on the elephant’s health was bad, the petitioner has requested to return the elephant back to Kerala and expressed concern over that if sent to the forest in this condition, the elephant will not survive.
On Monday early morning, Tamil Nadu Forest Department authorities captured Arikomban from Cumbam, village in Theni district. According to Tamil Nadu Forest officials, the elephant, after entering the district, injured individuals and damaged several properties. Therefore, the department was compelled to use sedation to capture the rogue elephant.