Monday, January 21, 2008

Maneka demands arrest of Pataudi
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 6
Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi today called up Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and demanded the arrest of former cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi for allegedly killing black buck and wild hare.

Founder of People for Animals, a voluntary organisation committed to animal welfare, Maneka Gandhi told TNS that she expressed anguish over the killing of black-buck. She said that the Haryana Chief Minister assured her that punitive action would be taken in the case. Gandhi alleged that Pataudi and his wife, Sharmila Tagore who is also the Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, have been hunting and killing animals for years. She drew attention to a case where Pataudi and his wife had killed 2000 birds in a sanctuary outside Srinagar.

“At that time they were saved by the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah under the false premise that the Wildlife Protection Act does not apply to J&K. Their son, Saif Ali khan was with Salman Khan when the latter was caught hunting black bucks. Last month, at a book release function, they said that they were very fond of hunting.”

Gandhi wondered why the Haryana government has booked a case of criminal exhumation against Naresh Kumar Kadyan, Chairman of the Haryana chapter of the PFA.

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