Published: Wednesday 30 April 1997

The Delhi High Court recently upheld the countrywide ban imposed by the Central government on trade of ivory and snakeskin while dismissing several petitions filed by hundreds of traders. The court clarified that if any trade in any article damages the ecology, then it could be held as a trade in obnoxious items and hence would be liable to be banned. It, however, did not specify the fate of ivory stocks lying with the traders, that have been sealed by the wildlife department.

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