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Maneka to take on Soha

india Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:20 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Maneka Gandhi

People for Animals (PFA) chairperson Maneka Gandhi has expressed concern over the negligent attitude of Gurgaon police after they gave a clean chit to the Pataudi family in the 2006 Black Buck shooting case.

The animal welfare group is also planning to move court against the city police in the case.

"They are accused and should be behind bars for killing a rare species protected under the Wildlife Act. They also procured a gun licence for a person under the age of 21," said Gandhi after she was apprised about Gurgaon police's refusal to book Soha Ali Khan, the daughter of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.

"First, the gun belonged to a girl who was only 18 years old then while the legal age for procuring a gun licence is 21. Second, the gun was used by her father to kill a Black Buck, not by her," Gandhi said.

She expressed concern over the fact that though these acts invite criminal proceedings, Gurgaon police have taken no action.

The PFA chairperson severely criticised the city police for shifting responsibility to the Jhajjar and Faridabad police.

"The police do not want to take action against high-profile people who committed a crime in broad daylight. The Gurgaon police claimed to have cancelled Soha Ali Khan's gun licence but it refused to comment on why no criminal case was lodged against them. They said the matter concerns Jhajjar police where the incident had taken place," the animal rights activist added.

The PFA is planning to move the Punjab & Haryana High Court against the Gurgaon police as the chairperson is seeking legal advice in this regard. Soha's lawyer V Bhushan Arya, who had pleaded not guilty on her behalf in 2008 saying his client had not suppressed any facts and therefore her arms license should not have been cancelled, was not available for comments on Wednesday.