Dec 19, 2014
NAGPUR: Close on the heels of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court cancelling the bail of tiger skin and body parts trader Suraj Pal alias Chacha, additional district and sessions judge on Thursday rejected the bail of poacher Ajit Chhiyalal Rajgond. In the meanwhile, Raslal, another poacher belonging to the Baheliya community from Katni in MP, was remanded to custody till December 26. He was brought from Satara on Thursday morning on a warrant and produced before chief judicial magistrate (CJM) AC Raut. Raslal and his associate Kuttu had poached a tiger in Tumsar area and sold the skin to trader Sarju Bagdi. The skin from Tumsar was among the five tiger skins trafficked by Sarju and his aide Naresh Lala in a car to Delhi. Raslal was caught by CBI and Melghat forest officials on October 1 from the outskirts of Satara in Western Maharashtra. A steel trap and hunting gear were seized from him. Raslal’s name figures in the confession statement of poachers Mamru and Chika. Raslal will be interrogated by CBI officials to explore further links in the tiger poaching. In another development, Ajit’s bail plea has been rejected for the second time.
Earlier, it was rejected by an Umred court on August 12, but was challenged by his lawyer Aniruddha Jaltare. Ajit along with his brother Keru killed two tigers in Umred in May 2013. Ajit was arrested dramatically from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in September last while Keru managed to escape. The two tiger skins from Umred were transported by Sarju and his accomplice Lala from Umred to Delhi in June last. Special counsel for forest department Kartik Shukul argued that the crime by Ajit had been corroborated by call detail records (CDRs) and confessional statements of the accused. Besides, there was seizure of steel trap laid to kill the tiger in Umred. Ajit had killed the tiger with a spear after it was trapped. Shukul told the court that if the accused is let off, they would influence other accused wanted by the forest department. Till now 25 accused have been nabbed by the department and 31 are still absconding.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com