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Need balance between empathy for stray dogs, safety of humans: SC
Holding that there was a need to strike balance between empathy for stray dogs and safety of humans, the Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted municipal bodies to kill irretrievably ill and wounded stray dogs suffering from rabies, in accordance with the laws.
 
Permitting municipal bodies to go ahead with the elimination of dangerous dogs under provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Animal Birth Control Rules 2001, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh said the life of a dog was not more important than that of a human.
 
"We are disposed to think for the present that a balance between compassion to dogs and the lives of human beings, which is called a glorious gift of nature, may harmoniously co-exist," the court said, giving the go-ahead to the killing of stray dogs that have become a menace to people.
 
Allowing local bodies in states and union territories to go ahead with the elimination of dangerous stray dogs, the court made it clear that its order would override any contrary order by any of the high courts.
 
"We would also request all the high courts not to pass any order relating to the 1960 Act and the 2001 Rules pertaining to dogs. Needless to say, all concerned as mentioned herein, shall carry out this order and file their respective affidavits as directed," the court said.
 
The court in the last hearing on October 26 had said: "These rules (Animal Birth Control Rules 2001) have not been declared unconstitutional. If rules are there, then they have to be followed, and any killing of dogs has to done according to the rules."
 
While seeking details from the states on the number of cases of dog bites and the killing of dangerous stray dogs, the court also sought details on the steps taken by them for the welfare of dogs.
 
The court order came during the hearing of a batch of petitions, including one by Anupam Tripathi contesting the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation (TMC) decision on mass culling of stray dogs.
 
The Animal Welfare Board of India too moved the court in the matter.
 
Tripathi moved the apex court challenging the Kerala High Court order approving the TMC decision to cull stray dogs.
 
Culling of stray dogs is being carried out in Kerala following an all-party meeting where it was decided that more than 2.5 lakh street dogs should be eliminated.
 
Petitioner Tripathi contended that the decision to cull stray dogs was against laws.
 
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Saradha scam: Accused Bengal minister steps down
On a day the CBI cited his continuance in the state cabinet as a proof of his immense influence, West Bengal's transport minister and Saradha scam accused Madan Mitra stepped down from the post on Wednesday.
 
According to sources, Mitra's resignation was accepted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who forwarded it to Governor K.N. Tripathi.
 
The move came hours after the CBI, seeking cancelation of his bail, pointed to a division bench of the Calcutta High Court about Mitra continuing as a state minister despite being indicted and jailed in the multi-crore-rupee scam.
 
Mitra was granted bail by a lower court on October 31 nearly 11 months after his arrest on December 12 last year.
 
The CBI subsequently moved the high court's division bench of Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapas Mukherjee seeking cancelation of the bail.
 
Following the CBI's move against the bail, the high court subsequently ordered Mitra be kept under house confinement till the disposal of the matter.
 
To buttress its claims of Mitra being an influential person who might hinder investigation and tamper with evidence if not kept in custody, the CBI counsel on Wednesday argued before the court how Mitra has remained in the cabinet despite being in custody for almost a year.
 
The counsel also drew the court's attention towards Mitra's stay at the government-run SSKM Hospital where he has spent a large part of his incarceration period.
 
Contending that the bail granted by the lower court was illegally passed, the counsel pleaded to the bench to cancel his bail.
 
Refuting charges that Mitra may tamper with the evidence, his counsel asserted that the minister had tendered his resignation even before his arrest but was not accepted.
 
The case will again come up for hearing on Thursday.
 
The opposition called Mitra's resignation a "desperate attempt" to prevent cancellation of his bail by the court.
 
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'Chettinad Cements shares owned by Ramaswamy fraudulently being transferred'
Over 91.83 lakh shares of Chettinad Cements held by industrialist M.A.M. Ramaswamy are fraudulently being transferred to a trust run and administered by industrialist A.C. Muthiah and others, a top official of Chettinad Cements alleged on Wednesday.
 
In a statement issued here late on Wednesday, M.A.M.R. Muthiah, managing director of Chettinad Cements, alleged that A.C. Muthiah and an advocate with the help of a doctor seems to have taken the thumb impression of Ramaswamy, admitted in Fortis Malar Hospital, on blank papers and forms.
 
M.A.M.R. Muthiah said a police complaint has been lodged against A.C. Muthiah and others.
 
"My father is not conscious. He is not in a position to take any decision on his own," M.A.M.R. Muthiah said.
 
"My father is in a critical condition. He is not in position to execute any documents," he told IANS.
 
According to M.A.M.R. Muthiah, it has come to his notice that A.C. Muthiah and others had filled some blank forms and had approached Kotak Securities Ltd. to transfer 91,83,834 shares held in Chettinad Cements held by Ramaswamy to the trust run and administered by them.
 
"It is nearly 23 percent of the stake in Chettinad Cements," M.A.M.R. Muthiah said.
 
Despite several attempts by IANS, A.C. Muthiah was not available for comments.
 
Interestingly, the relationship between M.A.M.R. Muthiah and Ramaswamy soured badly to the extent that the latter disowned the former as his son.
 
M.A.M.R. Muthiah is the adopted son of former Rajya Sabha member Ramaswamy.
 
"I have disowned him and do not wish to call him my son. Whatever the law may be, he is no more my son. According to me, he can be only S. Ayyappan (original name) and not M.A.M.R. Muthiah," Ramaswamy told the media here at his residence in June.
 
According to Ramaswamy, though a substantial part of his properties is with Ayyappan, whatever is remaining should go to two charitable trusts -- Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust and Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar Trust -- in which Ayyappan will have no part to play or have a say.
 
"I have also written and registered a will that all the assets which may be left at the time of my death would go only to the said trusts and not to Ayyappan or M.A.M.R. Muthiah or any one claiming on his behalf or under him," Ramaswamy said.
 
Meanwhile, M.A.M.R. Muthiah said it was difficult to fight a person like A.C. Muthiah and h was trying his best.
 
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