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The Gujarat Lion Poaching Case
On 26 February 2009, the Chief Judicial Magristrate in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, sentenced nine men and seven women to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 2,000/- for poaching eight critically endangered Asiatic lions in Gir National Park in 2007. The Government of Gujarat appointed a WPSI lawyer as the Principal Legal Advisor for this case. Twenty more people were sentenced in a a related lion poaching case in October 2008. Both cases were notable for the speed with which the trials were concluded and the political will to ensure that the poachers did not escape with an acquittal.

State of Madhya Pradesh v. Dariya and another
Notorious tiger poacher Dariya and his wife Bhagwati were convicted under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, on 28 July 2010 in Madhya Pradesh. The trial of this case had been pending for more than 21 years. Dariya was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000/- while his wife Bhagwati was sentenced to the same quantum of punishment, with one and a half years of probation. The prosecution of this case was conducted on behalf of the Forest Department by Advocate Ms Manjula Shrivastava.

Corbett Road Case
WPSI successfully intervened in a public interest litigation in the Uttarakhand High Court seeking the construction of a road through Corbett Tiger Reserve. The court dismissed the petition on 3 September 2010, based on our intervention that the matter had already been litigated and decided on by the Supreme Court of India in an older case to which WPSI was also a party.

Sansar Chand v. State of Rajasthan
WPSI successfully intervened in Sansar Chand v. State of Rajasthan and others in the Supreme Court of India. This was an appeal by Sansar Chand, a notorious wildlife trader, challenging his conviction and sentence of five years by an Ajmer Court in April 2004. The court dismissed the appeal and confirmed the conviction on 21 October 2010. The final judgment sets a strong precedent for other courts and enforcement authorities to follow.

State of Madhya Pradesh v. Ittu Baiga and others
On 15 November 2010 in Katni, Madhya Pradesh, three poachers, Ittu Baiga, Bahilal Baiga, and Iqbal (alias Atiq Ahmed), were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of six years each and a fine of Rs. 10,000 each under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. On 25 June 2009, the three had poisoned a water-hole in the Dhimarkheda Range of Katni Forest Division with an organo-phosphate pesticide (phosphamidan) which led to the death of nine wild animals including three leopards, two civet cats, a spotted deer and a langur monkey. One of the poachers, Iqbal, is still absconding. On appeal before the Sessions Court, the convictions were upheld on 13 September 2011. The prosecution of this case was conducted on behalf of the Forest Department by Advocate Ms Manjula Shrivastava.

 

 

 

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