New Delhi, Oct 3: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the death of lions in Gujarat’s Gir forest.
A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said, ” it’s extremely serious issue and the government must find out the reason of lions’ death, lions must be protected”.
In last one month, at least 21 lions have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, due to various reasons.
Hearing a petition relating to the preservation of green forests across the country, the court took into note the media reports, which highlighted the death of lions.
“This is extremely serious. So many lions have died,” the bench said and directed the Centre to file a response on the issue within a week.
Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, appearing for the government sought time to file a reply.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat government also assured the apex court that necessary action will be taken on the death of lions.