Jabalpur: A court on Saturday ordered to free a pair of chained elephants--Moti and Champa--in the Indore zoo in either Kanha or Bandhavgarh national park within 45 days.
A Lok Adalat of MP High Court issued this order to the state government on a petition filed by Dr Sudhir Khetawat, an environment activist.
The court also directed the government to file compliance report within stipulated time.
The petitioner said the elephants are in captivity for over a decade in the zoo and they should be shifted to safer place because keeping them chained for such a long time amounted to serious cruelty against the animals.
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has also agreed to the contention of the petitioner that retention of elephants at Indore zoo was unjust and improper.
The CZA has already issued circular prohibiting keeping elephants captive in zoos on November 7, 2009, the petitioner's counsel told the court.
A bench of Justice Ajit Singh and advocate Sanjay K Agrawal directed the state government to shift them either to Kanha or Bandhavagarh sanctuary within 45 days and file its compliance report.