New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed
concern over declining population of tigers and lashed out at
notorious poacher Sansar Chand, who has been convicted for
trading animal`s body parts, saying a day would come soon when
human skin will be traded for commercial purposes.
"You are selling the skin of tigers and leopards.
Tomorrow, you would sell even human skin. In this way, the
population of tigers and leopards would be wiped out in the
country. There would be no tiger left in Sariska," a bench of
Justices Markandey Katju and T S Thakur said while dealing
with the appeal of Chand.
The apex court rejected the arguments of his counsel that
he was not involved in poaching.
"You are all interested in money. You want only money.
Everything in the country is commercial. Today, people will
sell the skin of animal, tomorrow they would start selling
human skin also," the bench said while adjourning the matter
for final disposal.
The Supreme Court had on July 5 sought a response from
Rajasthan government on a parole plea of Chand who is serving
a five-year jail term for smuggling leopard skins in 2003.
Chand, who is undergoing the jail-term in a case related
to smuggling of claws, skin, teeth and other animal parts in
Bhilwara in 2003, had filed a special leave petition (SLP)
last year in the apex court challenging his conviction.