Delhi Police has been directed by a court in New Delhi to register an FIR in a complaint filed by a medico against BJP MP Maneka Gandhi and others for forcibly taking away his eight pet dogs from his residence.
"Let the FIR be registered in the present case. SHO shall proceed in investigation in accordance with law. It is noted here that the observations made in this order have no bearing on the merits of the case," Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Malik said.
The court passed the order on a complaint by Dr Rajesh Kumar Singh, a child specialist and a resident of East of Kailash in south Delhi, against Maneka Gandhi and others under various provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and for theft and trespass under IPC.
In the complaint filed by advocate R K Tarun, Singh alleged that on November 26, 2012, some people accompanied by the police forcibly entered his house in his absence along with his neighbour and took away his pets.
The complainant alleged that the intruders were acting at the behest of Maneka Gandhi.
Singh said when he approached the police, he was told that his pets were taken away by People For Animals, an organisation run by Maneka Gandhi.
When he went to the NGO's office, he was told that they had acted on the complaint of his neighbour that the dogs were in a bad condition and that he was running an illegal breeding centre in his house.