Animal Welfare Board of India has ordered Chandigarh’s Environment Department to file a report on a complaint lodged against Navjot Singh Sidhu within 3-days. Mr. Singh was alleged for gifting Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh with a stuffed bird- black partridge.
The reports were confirmed by Chief Conservation of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden Debendra Dalai said, “I have received a letter from Animal Welfare Board and they have asked for a report on it within three days in the matter.”
According to the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act, it is compulsory to have proper documentation and customs clearance to keep a protected bird or any of its parts.
Mr. Dalai reports that “if a person possesses these protected animals or birds they must have proper papers. Customs clearance is very much required. I am not aware if the person has any certificate stating the source of this bird.”
On December 14m a case was filed against Navjot Singh Sidhu for violation of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, with the charges of possessing a stuffed black partridge.
When he has handed Captain Amarinder Singh with the unusual gift that he has brought from Pakistan, the Punjab Chief Minister reportedly said that he needs to check if the country law permits him to keep the protected species like this or not, before he accepts the gift from Mr. Singh.