Afghan hound gets Supreme Court nod for dog show participation

NEW DELHI - Less than a fortnight after the Supreme Court barred Mumbai’s civic body from randomly killing street dogs, an Afghan hound Tuesday secured the apex court’s nod for participating in a series of fashion parades of canines here, from which the Madras High Court had barred it.

A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan allowed Afghan hound Karry Khusia, also known as Eric and belonging to Banglore couple K.S. Nagraj Shetty and N. Kalpana Shetty, to participate in the forthcoming dog shows being organised by Kennel Club of India Feb 8-22 in New Delhi and Gurgaon.

The bench, which also included Justice P. Satahsivam and Justice J.M. Panchal, ruled in Eric’s favour by setting aside a Madras High Court order, which in turn endorsed that of a Chennai civil judge who had stopped the Banglore couple from entering the dog in the shows.

The Chennai civil judge had acted on a lawsuit by R. Gopinath, who had alleged the Shettys were fielding the dog on the basis of false and forged certificates about its breed and were also flouting the Kennel Club of India’s rules.

In their petition in the apex court, the Shettys said Gopinath managed to get Eric out of the dog shows at a time when it was on a winning spree while participating in different shows conducted by the club November-December last year.

Like on an earlier occasion, when a battery of legal luminaries appeared before the apex court for the right to life of the Mumbai street dogs, this time around, too, former additional solicitor general Mukul Rohtagi appeared for Eric, whose petition was vetted and approved by senior counsel K.K. Venugopal.


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