Don't ar­gue for a man-killer tiger, top court tells se­nior lawyer

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE SUPREME Court re­cently told se­nior lawyer, Indira Jais­ing that hu­man life was more im­por­tant than that of a man-killer tiger. She was rep­re­sent­ing wildlife ac­tivist Ajay Dubey who had chal­lenged a Ra­jasthan High Court or­der which up­held the state govern­ment's translo­ca­tion of a 10-year-old dom­i­nant male tiger named `Us­taad' and `T24' from Ran­tham­bore Tiger Re­serve to Sa­j­jan­garh Zoo, 400 km away af­ter it al­legedly killed a for­est guard in May last year. Jais­ing said that if Us­taad was forced to stay in the zoo for a fur­ther pe­riod, his health would de­te­ri­o­rate. A sur­prised Chief Jus­tice T S Thakur then told Jais­ing : "How can you ar­gue on be­half of a man-eater? Hu­man life is more im­por­tant."

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