Navjot Singh Sidhu's gift to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh irks animal lovers
Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu found himself in middle of yet another controversy after he gifted Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, a stuffed black partridge. Sidhu met the CM post his recent Pakistan tour which didn’t go down well with many back home including the CM and got him this special gift. A case has been filed and the complainant has now demanded an investigation and wants to know how the black partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in Punjab for so long.
Reportedly, the complainant Dr Sandeep K Jain, a Ludhiana-based wildlife activist and Honourary State Animal Welfare Officer (a body of animal welfare board) claimed that gifting and keeping partridge is a violation of the Wildlife Act. “I got to know through newspapers that Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu brought a stuffed black partridge from Pakistan and gifted it to the Punjab Chief Minister. This is a violation of Wildlife Protection Act 1972,” said the volunteer.
“I have registered a complaint with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi demanding a probe on how the black partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in Punjab for so long. It's illegal to keep an animal or a bird or their body parts without any permission,” he added.
The 55-year-old politician on his recent visit to the neighbouring country received this gift from a Pakistan-based journalist. Later on, Sidhu gifted the same to CM Amarinder Singh which has now triggered a major row.