In yet another controversy for Punjab Local Bodies and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, a case has been filed against the Congress leader for violating Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 with the alleged possession of a stuffed black partridge, which he later gifted to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Navjot Singh Sidhu had brought the 'bird' from Pakistan during his visit in November to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in the neighbouring country.
Speaking to ANI, Sandeep Jain, a volunteer of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau in Punjab said, "I have registered a complaint with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in Delhi demanding a probe on how the black partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in Punjab for so long. It is illegal to keep an animal or a bird or their body parts without any permission. I got to know through newspapers that Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu brought a stuffed black partridge from Pakistan and gifted it to Punjab Chief Minister. This is a violation of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972."
The WCCB is a statutory multi-disciplinary body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests that functions in stopping organised wildlife crime in the country.
During a meeting with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently, Sidhu had presented the bird to him. However, the Chief Minister had reportedly told Sidhu that he would have to check if it was permissible to keep the bird protected under Schedule IV of the Act.
Earlier, Navjot Singh Sidhu had faced wrath for his visit to Pakistan for Kartarpur Corridor on the invitation of Pak PM Imran Khan. However, he had stated that he was visiting the neighbouring country in his 'personal capacity' . He also went onto shower praises on Imran Khan during the ceremony.
(with ANI inputs)