New Delhi: The rouge tusker Arikomban has been on the limelight for some time now and his captivity and exile remains a hot issue of discussion even now. Fans and sympathisers of Arikomban along with many animal welfare organisations have been attempting all means to get justice to the tusker, who was forcibly relocated from his natural habitat. They have been relentlessly sending petitions to courts for discussing Arikomban issue.
DY Chandrachud, the Chief Justice of India, has now expressed his displeasure with the ongoing filing of petitions against the rogue elephant Arikomban. He emphasized that issues relating to Arikomban are better addressed by high courts. While looking into a plea filed by the Walking Eye Foundation for Animal Advocacy, the Chief Justice of India questioned why the petitioners had not turned to the Kerala High Court, which is already looking into the case. He added that a new petition on the Arikomban problem had been filed last day. He imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.
Arikomban’s current state is “ambiguous,” according to advocate Deepak Prakash, who is speaking on behalf of the organization, including questions regarding its survival. Prakash asked the court to order the Tamil Nadu government to provide clarification as a result. He claimed that it was uncertain whether the case should be filed in the Madras High Court or the Kerala High Court because the elephant is continually moving and its current location is unknown.
Chief Justice Chandrachud retorted, however, that it is not the Supreme Court’s job to choose which court the case should be filed in. The organization then withdrew its petition. The lawyer’s criticism of the Supreme Court’s handling of petitions brought under Article 32 of the Constitution led to the imposition of the fine. The bench rejected the lawyer’s attempt in open court to have the fine withdrawn. More information on this subject will be made available when the official order is issued.