Kerala govt asks SC to stay all HC directives on 'Arikomban' issue

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New Delhi: Kerala Government requested the Supreme Court to stay all orders issued by the Kerala High Court regarding the capture of the rogue elephant 'Arikomban' in the state. The government pointed out that High Court failed to address the safety of the people and barred officials from tranquilising the elephant per the order of the Chief Wild Life warden.

"As per Section 11(1) in The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, the Chief Wildlife Warden holds the right to take action against wild animals that threaten human life. Based on this section, the Chief Wildlife warden granted permission to tranquilise the elephant and shift him to the Kodanad Elephant Training Centre. However, the High Court made a mistake by intervening in this matter and stopped the proceedings," the government informed the apex court.

Further, the state government also notified the Supreme Court about the level of damages and death caused by the rogue elephant in Idukki. The government informed that Arikomban had killed seven people and damaged 52 houses and shops in 2017 alone. In the past three months, the jumbo damaged 22 houses and three ration shops, and six other shops, the government highlighted.

The government also argued that High Court did not consider the fact that the administration needs to ensure the safety of the lives and properties of people here. The Chief Wild Life warden has made it clear that is not practical to shift the elephant to another location with no human settlements nearby.

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