UZBEK NATIONAL HELD WITH 12 PARROTS AT IGI AIRPORT RELEASED ON BAIL
New Delhi: On 15th October 2019, a person namely Mr. Anvarzon Rakhmat Jonov, an Uzbekistan national who was allegedly taking away 12 live parrots and was arrested by customs officers and then he was sent to judicial custody by CMM Patiala House Courts. On 25th October 2019, acting upon a bail application moved by the counsel of Anvarjon the CMM Patiala House Courts has ordered to release him on bail upon furnishing bail bonds with one surety of One Lakh.
Counsel for the customs department opposed the bail by stating that this is case of illegal trafficking of birds which is of prohibited nature and hence it should be dealt with strictness and at this stage bail should be denied to the accused.
Adv. Deepak Choudhary and Adv. Karan Tarkar, Counsels for the accused told that the accused was not in the conscious possession of the alleged parakeets which he will prove during the trial. He added that the principal offence of violence of the provisions of wildlife act is bailable in nature and hence after keeping the accused in judicial custody for more than 35 days at this stage the bail should be given to the accused.
Upon perusal of the arguments advanced by the counsels of both sides, Sh. Pushottam Pathak, CMM of Patiala House Courts held that the custodial interrogation of the accused is no more required at this stage and no further recovery is to be made from the accused and hence he should be admitted on bail on the conditions that “He shall join the investigation as and when required and not tamper with evidence or influence any witness. He shall appear before the court on each date of hearing to attend the proceedings in accordance with the term of the bail bond”