| Sansar Chand Gets Bail
21st May, 2004
In a shocking development,
on 19 May 2004, the Special Sessions Court judge in
Ajmer granted bail to notorious wildlife trader Sansar
Chand. Efforts to keep him behind bars appear to have
suffered a setback, and prosecution agencies will have
to put in a greater effort to keep him in jail.
Conservationists who were following the
ups and downs of the Sansar Chand drama were delighted
when he was sentenced to five years imprisonment by
the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Ajmer on
29 April 2004. Although India’s Wild Life (Protection)
Act allows for a sentence of up to seven years, Sansar
is the first wildlife criminal to receive a sentence
of this length.
Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI)
has been following over ten cases involving Sansar Chand
for over a decade, and we are well acquainted with the
tricks employed by this wily trader and his lawyers.
We remain optimistic about the eventual outcome of this
case. Once it moves to a higher court, WPSI lawyers
will be able to assist the prosecution in proving that
Sansar is a habitual offender. He may have won a skirmish;
he cannot win the war.