JAIPUR: The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday said the land ownership of Hingonia gaushala should remain with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) irrespective of who manages bovine rehabilitation centre and no cow should be shifted anywhere without the written permission of the court.
The single bench of Justice Mahesh Sharma gave these directions following reports that the state government was toying with the idea of handing over the cow rehabilitation centre to private parties after hundreds of cows died at the centre in recent past and that many people were coming forward to adopt the gaushala with an eye on its huge chunk of land.
The court directions came in the backdrop of the charge by the high court-appointed commissioner SK Surana that the gaushala authorities had shifted 300 milch cows to other cow centres. Additional advocate general G S Gill admitted that 161 cows were shifted to other centres and 119 cows were given away to the tribal people. The court asked for a report on the details of the persons and organisations to whom the cows were transferred by next hearing date so that the details could be verified by respective police stations.
The report submitted by Gill in the court said that a drive against the use of plastic carry bags has been underway as per the court directions and that about 25,000 bags were seized till now. He also said the electricity problem at Hingonia gaushala has been resolved and a full-time deputy commissioner has been appointed for the centre.
Apart from the existing 17 veterinary doctors, 25 new doctors have been appointed. Besides, 140 bigha of land at gaushala has been earmarked for growing green fodder. He claimed that the condition at the Hingonia cow shelter has improved considerably.
The court also watched the video footages of the gaushala clicked by drone. PC Bhandari, counsel for petitioner Jago Janata Society, pointed to the futility of the ongoing ACB probe as the local bodies department never gives permission for the prosecution of officials found guilty.
He said there have been three inquires by the ACB till now which named officials found guilty but no prosecution sanction was given by the local bodies department. The court posted the matter for next hearing on August 22.