New Delhi [India], April 13 (ANI): Delhi court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to take any coercive action against businessman Ayaz Ahmed in a case of smuggling peacock feathers until on April 22nd.
“Without going into the merits of the case, until the next hearing date (April 22), the IWC will not take any coercive action against the applicant / defendant (Ayaz Ahmed),” the Court said.
Special Judge Anurag Sain adjourned the matter to a new hearing after the CBI sought time to file the response.
The court heard Ahmed’s early bail request, which faces an investigation into the confiscation of more than 21 lakh peacock-tail feathers by the Customs Department that was smuggled into China disguised as pipes. plastic.
The Customs team had seized the 2,565-kilogram consignment, valued at 5.25 million euros and packaged in 77 packages, from Inland Container Depot, Tughlaqabad, in Delhi, in March, which was allegedly reserved by the Seelampur-based exporter, who owns a company called Galaxy Rider.
The agency has booked Ahmed and his company for the case.
According to sources, the confiscated feathers include those ripped off by peacock poaching and this is part of a huge criminal network. “Without poaching or hunting, it is not possible to acquire such a huge shipment of feathers,” an official said.
The IWC has alleged that between September 2020 and February 2021, Ahmed’s company exported several shipments of peacock tail feathers via 26 shipping invoices through the services of Logistic Curator India Pvt Ltd to a recipient in China hiding the details of the package.
The peacock is a bird protected under Annex I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, which prohibits its hunting. (ANI)