The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking a direction to authorities to restrain mingling of temple elephants with forest pachyderms in the rejuvenation camp at Thekkampatti in Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu.
"The camp aimed at the wellbeing of the elephants is a temporary measure. After 48 days, they will be relocated to their original places. Thus nothing has been gained by the petitioner in this case," a bench of justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and justice P Devadoss said.
S Jayachandran, an environmentalist had a PIL for a direction to the authorities of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and Forest Department not to take camp elephants from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and Annamalai Tiger Reserve to the rejuvenation camp.
The bench concurred with submissions of advocate general AL Somayai that temple elephants and camp elephants have been segregated and that the camp is intended for well being of elephants.
The bench said the petitioner's argument that no permission had been obtained to send the elephants to the rejuvenation camp has no substance, as necessary permission had already been obtained from the competent authority.
The 48-day rejuvenation camp for elephants, belonging to various temples, mutts and forest department, began yesterday at a specially created place near Mettupalayam in the Coimbatore district.