The Supreme Court of India stays the Shimla High Court directing the Municipal Corporation to make Shimla “Stray Dog Free”
Posted on | May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment
Shimla has an interesting history with dogs – the Municipal Corp created a dog pound to remove the dogs from the streets. The deplorable conditions of this pound were covered in an expose here and with a revisit here. The accompanying picture is from the same pound. Sometimes the Corporation and the local AWBI legal reps are in such hurry to just be in court that they fail to present clear facts to the court – that’s happened in Bangalore, and that happened in Shimla. Like in Bangalore it led the Shimla High Court to pass a judgment trying to meld the Central and State laws and make Shimla stray dog ‘free’. This judgment has now been stayed with a Supreme Court Order.
Vide an order passed on the 10th of May, 2013, the Supreme Court of India, in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No. 17112 of 2013, has stayed the operation of an order passed on 23rd March, 2013, by the High Court of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla, in C.W.P. No. 8676 of 2011, directing the Municipal Corporation to make Shimla ‘stray dog free’ within 3 months from the passing of the order. The stay order passed by the Supreme Court of India can be seen HERE ; and the order that had been passed by the High Court at Shimla, can be seen HERE.
In effect, the High Court had permitted the Municipal Corporation, Shimla, to destroy stray dogs, without actually saying so. That order of the High Court has been stayed by the Apex Court.
The order passed by the High Court with respect to street dogs within the municipal limits of Shimla, was startling, firstly because it came to be passed unexpectedly and suddenly, in the matter of ‘Dimple Vahali Oberoi Vs. State of H.P. and Others’, which had been pending for long before the erstwhile Chief Justice of the High Court, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Kurien. Mr. Justice Kurien was elevated to the Supreme Court of India ; and the matter was heard on a Saturday by and bench headed comprising of the acting Chief, Justice R.B. Mishra, and Justice Rajeev Sharma. Read more
Posted on | April 16, 2013 | 3 Comments
This is an exclusive detailed look at the photographs of the incident reported by The Hindustan Times and The Daily Mail. Animal cruelty, especially on the ubiquitous Indian Dog, finds such low priority that hardly any mainstream media gives any in-depth coverage. Photo’s © Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times used with permission by The Voice of Stray Dogs. Captioning by Saurabh Trivedi, the Hindustan Times.
2 stray dogs were found hanging from a tree on Saturday on NH-24 on April 13, 2013 in Ghaziabad, in the National Capital Region. Activists say locals are involved in the case 
Civic authorities have also remained negligent about the issue as one of the carcasses has been hanging in the area for the past two days. “I’m not aware of the issue” was the response of Dr RK Yadav, health officer, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam .
When the residents approached the local police complaining about the issue, the latter allegedly refused to register the complaint . Ghaziabad SSP Nitin Tiwari, had said they had no information on the issue . Finally a complaint by Mrs Sumedha Vinod Iyer and Mrs Sumathi K Iyer of PFA Ghaziabad was lodged on April 15, 2013 by the SSP.
Vikas Raina who reached the spot on April 15th confirms (as is shown in the photograph that this is unlikely the work of a single person given the height from where the bodies were hanged and the position of the trees vis-a-vis the road. The investigation is still on and no-one has been arrested so far. Read more