Tigress Avni Killed Per Court Order: Supreme Court Refuses Contempt Action
Tigress Avni was killed in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district by a team of forest officers.
A contempt petition against Maharashtra forest officials for killing a tigress in 2018 was withdrawn today by the petitioner - an animal rights activist - after the Supreme Court refused to take action against them, stressing that the "man-eater" was killed as per the top court's orders.
The petitioner, Sangeeta Dogra, had approached the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against those linked to the killing of the tigress, also known then as Avni or T1. She had cited post mortem and DNA reports to argue that T1 was not a man-eater, after which the court agreed to examine this matter.
"How does a post mortem show if an animal is a man-eater or not?" Chief Justice Bobde asked in the last hearing. Ms Dogra replied that a man-eater would have nails and hair in the intestine for six months but this tigress's stomach was empty.
The killing was carried out in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district by a team of forest officials and a civilian hunter named Asgar Ali. Ms Dogra alleged that state authorities had arranged a function following the hunt, during which a silver idol of a tigress was handed to Mr Ali. "This certainly is an act of trophy hunting which was gifted through the hands of villagers..." the petition alleged.