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May 08, 2012 at 04:41pm IST

SC stops project to bring back cheetahs to India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stopped a project that was meanto bring cheetahs to India. The flagship project was considered to be the pet project of former environment minister Jairam Ramesh and was cleared by the Cabinet as well.

The Court has stated that proper approvals were not taken from the National Board of Wildlife.

The Cheetah project was for bringing cheetahs to India. The idea was to bring back the Cheetah, which had gone extinct from the country in the 1950s.

A few animals were to be brought in from Namibia and their enclosures had been prepared in a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh for release.

The court also said that the import from Namibia will not help conservation in India in any way, therefore, the project was being stayed. No cheetahs will be brought to India for now.

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