AHMEDABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday admitted a fresh petition challenging the translocation of Asiatic lions from the Gir sanctuary in Gujarat to Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh. Rajkot-based NGO Wildlife Conservation Trust had filed a fresh petition in October 2013 to challenge the translocation ordered by the court in April.
The bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik, Surinder Singh Nijjar and Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla issued notices to the governments at the Centre, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, and to the National Board for Wildlife, among others.
The petitioner contended that the court had been misguided on the status of lions in Gujarat and that the state's chief wildlife warden was not consulted on the translocation issue - a mandatory provision under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1935. On February 5, advocates for the petitioner Nikil Goel and Tushar Gokani mentioned the matter before the bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, who directed the matter to be listed before the green bench.