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High Court modifies order on stray cattle

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday modified an earlier order by a Division Bench of the Court announcing a reward of Rs. 2,000 per head of stray cattle caught by the public in the Capital.

Modifying the order by the Division Bench comprising Justice B.C. Patel (since retired) and Justice Madan B. Lokur, another Division Bench consisting of Justice M. Katju and Justice Madan B. Lokur said: "It is not the duty of the public to catch stray cattle and hand them over to gosadans. It is the duty of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Therefore, the public will not do it. It is MCD which will do it.''

The Bench also directed appointment of a monitoring committee headed by Additional Sessions Judge (Retired) J.P. Sharma and three advocates to monitor the menace of stray cattle and their management in the city.

The earlier Division Bench had directed the local body to involve people in catching stray cattle in the city and reward them for the service at the rate of Rs. 2,000 per head of stray cattle caught.

The Bench of Mr. Justice Katju and Mr. Justice Lokur also directed the civic body to frame a policy for managing stray cattle, gosadans and dairies in the city.

The Bench issued the directions on a public interest litigation by Vikas Jain through his counsel Sugriv Dubey challenging the method adopted by the local body for catching stray cattle.

He submitted that the method had caused injuries to the cattle and at times people catching them had also received injuries. He further submitted that the onus of catching stray cattle was on the local body, not on public.

The Division Bench of Mr. Justice Patel and Mr. Justice Lokur had expressed a strong displeasure over not freeing the Capital of stray cattle.

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