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Jan 11, 2006

Sansar Chand, one of Asia's most notorious illegal wildlife traders, directly responsible for the killings of thousands of wild animals, including tigers and leopards - is in jail.

After almost two years of trials and going underground, he has finally been brought to justice. If it were up to me, I would throw away the key to this devil's cell

Ajmer, 3 January, 2006: For the first time Sansar Chand, the infamous wildlife trader has begun serving a sentence of five years rigorous imprisonment as a convict in Ajmer Central Jail on the pending sentence, which was ordered way back in April 2004 by Ravi Sharma, Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ajmer.

While hearing the case, the appeal court on October 28, 2005 held that he should start serving his previous sentence in Ajmer Central Jail, which was still pending. The court noted that his judicial remands in various jails as under trial were now collectively over six months and that to be adjusted in the total period of the sentence. It also directed the officials not to transfer the convict to other places wanted for crimes without prior permission of the court.

Subsequent to the court’s order Sansar Chand in May 2004 had appealed the Special Court SC/ST, Addl. Secession Judge in Ajmer to set aside the trial court order. The court then accepted his appeal and had ordered him to deposit Rs. 60,000/- as a penalty, and kept his sentence on hold until a final decision was arrived.

However, on this pretext he went underground and never appeared in any of the court summons. Finally, the court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant. A year later in July last year he was arrested from a secret hideout in Delhi and sent to judicial custody in Tihar jail. The Ajmer police who then sought his custody in this case brought him to Ajmer.

Eight others were also convicted in the case when one of the accomplices enroute to Delhi was arrested with two leopard skins in his procession. The case was registered in the Bhilwara police station in Rajasthan.

Despite several cases registered in various states, he had not served a full sentence before. The lone case when he was sentenced to jail was in the mid nineties but the court had to award a half sentence after he was able to plead before the Supreme Court of India that he was juvenile at the time of committing the offence in late eighties.

Dr. M. S. Kachhawa, Legal Counsel of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) who has been assisting the prosecution said, “The court took cognizance of his prolonged absence from the appeal court and ordered in favor of the sentence passed by the previous court.”

Informed sources revealed that he was involved in several wildlife crimes after his disappearance from the scene and operated from discreet locations in India. His five-year term in Ajmer central jail would help the officials to persue other cases pending against him.

(Wildlife Trust of India)

Now in the state’s custody, one of Asia’s most notorious kingpins of the illegal wildlife trade will throw light on some of the best kept secrets that oiled this lucrative business for several decades.

This has to be the best news I've heard in quite a while - and if this guy starts singing to the police, which I'm sure he'll do eventually, the entire wildlife trade network can finally be infiltrated...

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Posted: Wednesday January 11, 2006, 12:38 am
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Omar Basawad (145)
Wednesday January 11, 2006, 8:47 am
Your great concern and focus on wildlife - many of which are in danger of extiction now - has won my highest regards! I do hope, you keep your good health and continue doing the very good work of advocating and caring for animals.

Eric A. (286)
Wednesday January 11, 2006, 8:52 am
We are witnessing one of wildlife's few great victories in the making. I have great hopes for this situation.

Thank you Charith.

Charith P. (165)
Wednesday January 11, 2006, 9:33 am
Thank you guys - its not often we get to share such news. These days we don't even expect such successes any more because poachers and illegal traders are so well protected by infuencial businessmen in positions of power. But with this arrest, let's hope the entire system of this hideous trade can come crumblng down

Iain Cooke (387)
Wednesday January 11, 2006, 1:15 pm
Don't hold your breath, this guy is giving nothing away. He has no morals and no conscience!

Charith P. (165)
Thursday January 12, 2006, 8:00 am
True Iain true - but going by psat encounters this man has had with the police - he does not intend going down alone. He has ratted on accomplices before, and will probably do so again to lighten his sentence. Of course, he'll never give the whole story away - ever. But we can be thankful for small mercies!!!

Stach Roxana (216)
Saturday January 14, 2006, 2:22 am
Hope this is a begining - a small but very important victory , even it doesn't end the fight against pochers and illegal wildlife trade- an example for other authorities to follow: not to allowed and be parteners with wild-life traders, not to encourage this kind of "commerce" but to stand up and fight to end this tragedy for all wild-life species so they can live not to be extincted because of us.

Michelle M. (255)
Saturday January 14, 2006, 5:28 am
Good! And they way there's no justice in the world.

ABC De (78)
Sunday January 15, 2006, 7:41 pm
Your article states "Eight others were also convicted in the case when one of the accomplices enroute to Delhi was arrested with two leopard skins" -- Any info on these?

Isma kumar (563)
Wednesday January 18, 2006, 2:59 pm
wonderful news.. but what will come out of the court case and after he is free again???/ and I supposed he must have loads of helpers too..

Michelle H. (204)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 1:50 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 27, 2008, 11:48 pm
The petition to save wild dogs had closed by the time I got an email invite :-(


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