This is the happy tale of the elephant ‘Lalitha’ adjudged by the Madras High Court.
From Paras 12 and 13
S.G.M.Shaa @ Sheik Mohammed Vs Principal Chief Conservator of Forests on 10 Sep 2020
12.Lalitha has been accustomed to a certain lifestyle all these years. She changed hands from 1988 to 2000. But she has been in the custody of the petitioner for the last twenty years. She has been attending religious functions. She is being fed well. She is in good health. In fact, the veterinarians appointed by the department have certified that she is being maintained properly by the petitioner. Removing her from the petitioner’s custody is sure to inflict a deep psychological wound on her. It is certainly not in her best interests. Applying the yardstick of what is good for Lalitha, I have to hold that the present arrangement should continue. Lalitha should continue to be with the petitioner and participate in the religious functions hosted in
13.Lalitha’s usual place of stay is a coconut groove spread over one and half acres. There is a R.O Plant. It is owned by Thiru.Pothiraj. He appeared before me and gave in writing that the land will not be sold or encumbered during the lifetime of Lalitha. She also gets copious amounts of water to drink and to bathe. The ambience is highly conducive.