BANGALORE : The State High Court has dismissed a case pertaining to hunting of stag in Someshwar wildlife division of Udupi district, following the delay in filing the charge sheet by 11 years. The court in its ruling has also expressed its strong disapproval of the failure of the lower court in settling the case.
The case was reported in Someshwar wildlife division of Udupi district in 1998 wherein seven persons were accused of hunting a stag(sambar). Of the accused, two have died, while others namely Prakash Shetty and Itha Harijan had been appearing for hearing for the past 13 years. However, the unnecessary prolonging of the case forced the accused to move the High Court.
The allegation which the accused faced was that they had 10 kg of meat, torch and iron rod with them. Even then the forest officials had failed to charge sheet them for 11 years. The advocate for the accused said Shetty was not at the spot while hunting and this was not a crime which would require more than three years of imprisonment.
The High Court which heard the case, concluded that the accused were harassed for no reason for 14 years and not only cancelled the charge sheet filed before the lower court, but has also dismissed the case.