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HOPE FOR ACTIVISTS: A file picture of the camel now handed over to the PfA's custody by court.
HOPE FOR ACTIVISTS: A file picture of the camel now handed over to the PfA's custody by court.

A. Subramani

CHENNAI: The High Court has ordered a camel brought to Chennai but sent to the zoo on the orders of a judge released into the custody of the voluntary organisation, People for Animals (PfA).

The PfA agreed to pay a compensation of Rs. 17,500 to the owner of the animal, and the owner, on her part, filed a memo saying she would give up her claim over the camel.

But before the matter was settled amicably, there were some lighter moments.

Chief Justice A.P. Shah, sitting with Justice K. Chandru, asked counsel for the camel owner as to why the animal had been brought to Chennai, and was told it had been trained and used for garlanding VIPs much to the amusement of those in the court hall.

The counsel submitted that the owner took good care of the animal, which was combed regularly and decorated with flowers and perfumes. However, G. Rajendran, petitioner, disputed the claim and said the camel was not fed properly and abused by its owners. Now that the custody issue had been resolved, the camel will be taken to the PfA's shelter at Red Hills soon.

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