HC refuses to quash FIR against national level shooter

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 12: High Court has refused to quash FIR against national level shooter Arjun Balraj Mehta, who was booked by the Leh Police for commission of offences punishable under Section 08/51 of Wildlife Protection Act and Sections 07/27 of Arms Act.
After hearing Advocate Ankur Sharma for the petitioner whereas DSGI Vishal Sharma for the UT of Leh, Justice M A Chowdhary observed, “the contention of counsel for the petitioner that the dead or remains of the animal killed had not been recovered or seized makes no sense, as even an attempt to kill is also an offence and otherwise also, this shall be a factual matter to be considered during the trial”.
“So far as the plea for cognizance raised is concerned that also seems to be premature in view of the fact that the charge-sheet is yet to be laid before the competent court of law and the petitioner shall have every right to raise all those pleas including that of cognizance before that court”, High Court said, adding “there is no merit in the case, the petition, being misconceived, is liable to be rejected”.
Accordingly, High Court dismissed the petition.