SC says won't interfere with expert committee report on Arikomban, dismisses Kerala's petition

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New Delhi: In a major setback to the state, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it would not interfere in the Arikomban issue.

Rejecting the plea filed by the state government, the apex court refused to interfere with the expert committee report which recommended shifting the wild elephant 'Arikomban' to the Parambikulam tiger reserve.

The Kerala government filed a plea in the apex court against the high court order asking it to translocate rice-eating tusker 'Arikkomban' to the Parambikulam tiger reserve in the Palakkad district of the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the submissions of the government that it is difficult to translocate the tusker which has allegedly killed seven persons so far in the state.

“The relocation of the elephant is very difficult in a small state like Kerala,” the counsel for the state government said.
The bench comprised justices P S Narasimha and J B Parrdiwala.
On April 12, the Kerala High Court refused to review its decision to translocate the rice-eating tusker to the Parambikulam tiger reserve.

The high court on April 5 ordered the relocation of the tusker to the tiger reserve as suggested by the CoE appointed by it to decide whether to relocate or keep in captivity the bull elephant.

The directions of the court came on a PIL by two animal rights groups, People for Animals (PFA), Trivandrum Chapter and the Walking Eye Foundation for Animal Advocacy.

However, residents close to the tiger reserve have been protesting against the decision. PTI

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