Man fined ` 9k for tor­tur­ing & killing cat with screw­driver

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Re­becca.Samervel @times­group.com

Mum­bai: In a rare con­vic­tion un­der the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals Act, a 40-yearold Chem­bur man has been found guilty of bru­tally stab­bing a cat to death with a screw­driver out­side his home last May and fined Rs 9,150.

A pic­ture of San­jay Gade hoist­ing the dead cat on a stick had gone vi­ral soon af­ter the killing. The mag­is­trate court did not ex­am­ine any wit­ness as Gade pleaded guilty, and sought min­i­mum sen­tence. Gade had al­legedly claimed that he was an­gry as the cat had messed up his house.

Gade was pun­ished un­der var­i­ous charges, in­clud­ing de­struc­tion of ev­i­dence, tor­tur­ing an an­i­mal and caus­ing mis­chief. How­ever, the court did not jail the ac­cused. “The ac­cused is a phys­i­cally and men­tally sick per­son. There­fore, a le­nient view has to be taken at the time of award­ing the sen­tence,” the court said.

On a com­plaint by an­i­mal rights ac­tivist Ni­rali Ko­ra­dia, the RCF po­lice reg­is­tered an FIR against Gade on May 21, 2018. Af­ter con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and record­ing the state­ments of wit­nesses, a chargeshee­t was sub­mit­ted.

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