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High Court permits German doctor to visit elephant camp

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CHENNAI, SEPT. 1. The Madras High Court today permitted a practising advocate and a German doctor to inspect six elephants, said to be in bad health, at the Theppakkadu training camp near Udhagamandalam.

The First Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy, and Justice M. Karpagavinayagam, gave the permission on a petition filed by advocate G. Rajendran.

However, after the Special Government Pleader, V.S. Sethuraman, opposed any further permission to the team to provide treatment, the Bench clarified, ``it is made clear that no treatment shall be given to the elephants by the team without specific orders of the court.''

In his petition, Mr. Rajendran alleged that elephants were dying frequently in the camp and that in the last two months alone two young animals, Rajeswari (10) and Sathyan (12), which were performing pooja at a local temple and were a huge tourist attraction at the camp, died.

According to the petitioner, had proper food and timely medical care been ensured, they could have been saved. Every time such a death occurred, officials issued a routine explanation that it was due to ``diarrhoea'' or ``natural causes.''

Quoting Forest department sources, he said the food supplied to the deceased animals was contaminated and post-mortem revealed the presence of tapeworms in their intestines.

Simple de-worming and proper medicines would have saved the animals, he maintained.

He alleged that the camp lacked medicines and the services of a qualified doctor having in-depth knowledge of elephant care.

Immediately after the death of the two young elephants, the remaining camp animals were shifted to an inner forest area, Mr. Rajendran said. Six of the shifted animals were in a ``very serious condition.''

He prayed for permission to visit the ailing animals and a direction to the Regional Director of Wildlife Preservations under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to take possession of the camp elephants and provide treatment.

Admitting the plea and ordering notice to the State Government, the judges said, ``at the time of visit and examination of six elephants (by the team) the Wildlife Warden, Ooty, can be present. Such a visit shall be made with a 24-hour prior intimation to forest officials,'' the Bench clarified.

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