The Supreme Court on Monday lambasted poacher Sansar Chand for "destroying the wildlife in India."
While reserving its verdict on an appeal challenging his conviction in a poaching case registered in Ajmer, the bench said a day would come when human skin would be traded for commercial purposes.
"You are selling the skin of tigers and leopards. Tomorrow, you would sell even human skin. In this way, the population of tigers and leopards would be wiped out in the country. There would be no tiger left in Sariska," the bench said.
The court did not accept his counsel's argument that Chand was not involved. "You've destroyed the wildlife... Now you also want to kill whatever leopards and tigers are left," it said.
The bench adjourned the matter for final disposal and added: "You want only money... Today, people will sell the skin of animal, tomorrow they would start selling human skin also."
The court had sought a reply from Rajasthan on a parole plea of Chand who is serving term for smuggling leopard skins.