Bird seller cleared of charges on cruelty to animals

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 15:17 IST

Chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Tuesday discharged president of Chandigarh Pet Lovers’ Association and owner of a pet shop in Sector-20, booked under various sections of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of all the charges. Vinod Kumar alias Sonu, a Sector-20 resident, who sells exotic birds was booked and arrested for inflicting cruelty to animals on May 25, 2013.

The complaint from Gaurav Gupta, a member of the organisation, People for Animals (PFA) headed by Maneka Gandhi, had alleged that he was caging birds.

Gaurav, with his team and the UT police, raided Vinod’s shop and had got him arrested citing a Gujarat High court order. Vinod alleged that the team with help of police seized about 142 birds including 110 badgeriger, 20 cockatiel and 12 lovebirds. His defence counsel Rajesh Sharma, said, “The court discharged Vinod considering that registration of the FIR against Vinod was in violation to constitutional provisions.”


Soon after being cleared of the allegations of cruelty against animals, Vinod is now seeking malicious prosecution of the PFA and UT police for booking him on false charges.
“We will be filing a complaint of malicious prosecution owing to false implication. Even as he had in all the permissions in place, Vinod was arrested and booked on false charges and without investigating the same,” added Rajesh Sharma.


Last year, Vinod had filed a complaint seeking action the PFA for falsely implicating him, which is still pending.

He had sought penal action against chairperson PFA Maneka Gandhi, and PFA representatives including Guarav Gupta, Chetan Sharma, Payal Sodhi and Deepika. Vinod alleged that the raiding party had seized 142 birds, but when he went to take possession of the birds, he found 34 birds to be missing and was told on inquiry that they had died.

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