HC seeks clarification on D-Day camel transport guidelines

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New Delhi, February 2 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought clarification of the guidelines following a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging the illegal transportation of camels from their natural habitat in Rajasthan to Delhi for the Republic Day parade.

At the PIL hearing, a Divisional Bench chaired by Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh asked the petitioner to clarify whether the guidelines issued by the Center regarding the size and structure of camel-back vans are required by statute or law or simply a notice.

As a result, the bench renotified the case for a rehearing on February 28.

The PIL has been moved to the Delhi High Court alleging the illegal transport of camels to Delhi from Rajasthan for the Republic Day.

It has been claimed that 100 camels are brought to Delhi from Rajasthan every year in cargo vehicles in violation of Sections 3 and 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 as well as other relevant acts.

He maintained that the Centre’s structural guidelines for the vehicles needed to transport and move the camels and the directions were established but were not followed by the authorities.

In the PIL, filed through Attorney Ankur Bhasin, Petitioner, Trust Animal and Bird Scouts and Guides, Respondents’ Alleged Inaction – the Center through the Ministry of Fisheries, ‘Breeding and Dairy, and the Animal Welfare Council of India, the Government of Delhi and others – who have sadly failed to take action in connection with the illegal transport of camels in the state for the Republic Day event every year.

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