Pataudi declares his wildlife articles
Chandigarh, July 19
This follows a recent physical verification of the wildlife articles at his ancestral home at Pataudi by Wildlife officials led by Mr Manhas on July 8. He had been served a notice to appear before the Chief Wildlife Warden here today.
Mr Pataudi reportedly declared a stuffed tiger, skin and head of nilgiri dahr (a rare species found in Malabar coast), sambar head, and a stuffed chittal. He had come along with his lawyer and said he had inherited all these articles from his mother, Ms Sajeda Begum, after her death in 1995.
Mr Pataudi reportedly also submitted documents to prove that all these articles were very old, before the Wildlife Protection Act came into existence. He showed letter written by his mother to the DFO, Bhopal, and photographs of his sister, sitting on the tiger when she was just five-year old.
The former cricket captain pleaded that after he inherited these articles, he had written to the Wildlife Department for declaring these and seeking an ownership certificate. But the Wildlife Department had not introduced any scheme for declaring these articles. “When the department allowed citizens to declare these articles in 2003, I had applied for declaration. However, the physical examination of the articles was pending,” he pleaded.
The Divisional Wildlife Warden, Rohtak, has now been asked to put identification chips on these articles and hen take necessary steps to issue ownership certificate.
Meanwhile, the Wildlife Wing of Forest department, Haryana, has launched a concerted drive to register all animal trophies and wildlife articles in possession of private persons. Many people who have applied for declaration had been issued notices to appear here and get the physical examination of their articles done. Col. JPS Nakai (retd), a resident of Panchkula, reportedly declared 17 wildlife articles and got 16 of these for examination.