The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking stay on a government notification declaring Nilgai, Monkeys and Wild Boars as “vermins” in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Bihar.
The Apex court also asked the petitioner to approach the High Court for the same.
The Supreme Court last month had refused to put a stay on the killing of Wild Boar, Monkey and Nilgai in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Hiamchal Pradesh.
An apex court vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao had agreed to hear two PILs by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi and Wildlife Rescue and Research Centre (WRRC) who challenged the notification issued under section 62 of the Wildlife Protection Act by which these animals were declared vermin, equating them with rats and pests.
Appearing for Maulekhi and the WRRC, Senior Counsel Anand Grover had told the bench that the government had already recruited people to hunt and kill these animals in the three states.
However, the decision had been taken without undertaking any study.