Court summons PFA chairman Maneka Gandhi, others

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 09:58 IST

Taking up a revision petition of a Sector 20 resident, accusing People for Animals (PFA) office-bearers of falsely implicating him in a case, additional district and sessions Atul Kasana has summoned chairman of PFA Maneka Gandhi, who is currently union cabinet minister for women and child development, for September 23.

President of Chandigarh Pet Lovers' Association and owner of a pet shop in Sector 20, Vinod Kumar alias Sonu, a resident of Sector 20, Chandigarh, who sells exotic birds, through the petition had accused PFA chairman Maneka Gandhi and its members - Gaurav Gupta, Chetan Sharma, Payal Sodhi and Deepika - of falsely implicating him in 'cruelty to animals' case on May 25, 2013. He had sought penal action against Maneka and other PFA office-bearers.

Vinod alleged that a raiding party had seized 142 birds from his shop and when he went to take possession of the birds, he found 34 birds missing and was told that they had died.

On June 10, 2015, the judicial magistrate, Pardeep Synghal, dismissed the complaint against maneka saying no offence is made out against her, but summoned Gaurav Gupta, Chetan Sharma, Payal Sodhi and Deepika for offence under Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) of the IPC. Aggrieved by the order, Vinod filed a revision petition, urging the court for summoning Maneka.

The case

Vinod was booked and arrested for inflicting cruelty to animals on May 25, 2013. He was arrested on the complaint of Gaurav Gupta, a member of People for Animals (PFA), alleging that he was caging birds.

Gaurav, along with police, raided Vinod's shop and got him arrested citing a Gujarat High Court order. The team had seized about 142 birds - 110 badgeriger, 20 cockatiel and 12 lovebirds.

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