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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Forest department challenges bail to tattoo artist, manager

Chandigarh, September 7

The Forest Department has challenged the order of the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) allowing bail to tattoo artist Kamaljit Singh and his manager Deepak for allegedly confining a monkey, (rhesus macaque) in captivity and exhibiting it by sharing its picture, along with him, on his Instagram account.

The department sought the remand to rescue the wild animal and complete the investigation in the case. The Judicial Magistrate (First Class) granted bail to both suspects last month.

The UT Forest and Wildlife Department had sought 14-day remand of Kamaljeet and Deepak after they were arrested on August 19 for violating the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Singh owns a tattoo studio in Sector 35 here. Officials of the department arrested the suspects on a complaint that they kept a monkey and posted its photos on Instagram.

In the order, the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) said the investigating officer could not produce any document to prove that at the time of the arrest, as per the directions issued by the Wildlife Crime Investigation Manuel, photographs and fingerprints of the suspects were taken and other guidelines issued by the Supreme Court were followed.

The counsel for the suspects submitted that they had been detained illegally. In their statements, the suspects denied having any animal in their custody. — TNS

from The Tribune

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