New Delhi: In a major victory for tiger conservation in India, notorious tiger poacher Dariya and his wife Bhagwati were convicted under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 today by Justice A.K. Dwivedi, Judicial Magistrate First Class in Sihora, Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The trial of this case has been pending for more than 21 years. The prosecution of this case was conducted on behalf of the Forest Department by Advocate Ms Manjula Shrivastava, a lawyer of the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).
Dariya has been sentenced to 3 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for violations of sections 9, 39 and 51 of the Act while his wife Bhagwati has been sentenced to the same quantum of punishment, with one and a half years of probation, for violations of sections 9, 51 and 52 of the Act. This is one of the few cases in which a person has been convicted for abetment of offences under Section 52 of the Act.