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Man shoots dog, owner; SC denies anticipatory bail

Police said a case was lodged in December 2016 at Budhlada police station in Mansa on a complaint filed by the dog’s owner that some persons had fired at his pet.

punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2017 19:56 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The apex court refused to accept the submission of the counsel appearing for the accused that the bullets were fired at the dog as it was “furious” and was attacking him.(Representation pic/AFP)

A man booked for allegedly shooting a pet dog dead and injuring the owner was not granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

“You had fired gunshots to scare the dog? You are saying that the incident is of a dog barking and you fired at the dog,” a bench of Justice AM Sapre and Justice SK Kaul told the counsel of the accused – Pratibh Sharma from Punjab - while asking him to surrender.

They rubbished his argument that the bullets were fired at the dog because it was “furious” and attacking him.

“Three shots were fired towards the complainant (dog’s owner). He had sustained injuries. The dog had died. There is no question of anticipatory bail. You surrender first,” the bench said, questioning why Sharma was carrying his gun.

The petitioner had moved the SC against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail. Sharma is facing charges under the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act.

A case was lodged against him at the Budhlada police station in Mansa district in December 2016 after the dog’s owner filed a complaint against him. As per the complainant he was shot at after he protested against his pet’s death. The dog, he said, barked after Sharma had fired in the air.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 18:24 IST