Maneka Gandhi leaned on the government of Maharashtra for issuing an order to kill the tiger
Sharpshooter Shafath Ali Khan said on Wednesday that he could sue the EU Minister Manek Gandhi for allegedly leveling libel and wild allegations against him over the killing of the Avni tiger in Maharashtra last week.
Mr Khan said his son Asgar Ali and his four-member team were issued a letter of authorization from the Maharashtra Forestry Department to perform the operation, and a tigress was killed in "self-defense" while trying to calm him down.
Probably a tiger, officially known as T1, killed 13 people in the last two years.
He was killed on November 2 by Ali in Maharashtra district of Iavatmal as part of the operation. The big cat left two young cubs for 10 months.
Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, silenced the government of Maharashtra for issuing an order to kill the tiger, despite the opposition of several interested parties.
The Minister for the Development of Women and Child also hit the Minister of Forestry Maharashtra Sudhir Mungantivar for engaging the private stamps of Kan and his son for carrying out hunting operations in the country, including the killing of Avni.
However, Mungantivar also claimed that Mr. Khan, whom Gandhi called "criminal", had the task of killing a tiger in her constituency Pilibhit Lok Saba in Utar Pradesh in 2009 (then son of Gandhi's son Varun Gandhi presented this will).
G. Khan told the PTI: "We take a legal opinion on this, because she (Maneka Gandhi) personally did some serious and ill-founded allegations about me and my family.
"It's shocking that the lady of the minister's minister can talk in such a way without checking the facts … in the next few days we will decide on the line of action that we will take."
He further said that the order of the chief forest conservator, Iawatmal, mentioned the name of his son and four other members of his team for the operation.
Mr Khan said on November 2 that the tigress was attacking at the speed of a lightning-driven open-top vehicle in which his son and his other members were moving, despite being killed in a rush.
"… there could have been deaths of two to three people that someone had broken into the vehicle and at that moment, my son took out the barrel, showed her and shot at her … there was no plan to shoot or kill her and it took place so quickly … it was fired completely in self-defense, "he added.
Mr. Khan said that the shooting of an animal in self-defense was not violated under Article 11 (2) of the Animal Protection Act.
In his words, even the Supreme Court was clear on this issue – "calming T1, failed, eliminated by shooting to prevent further human deaths."
For his part, Ali said that the team, which included forest officials, breathed to the place where the bazaar took place, and the tigress suddenly stepped out in front of his vehicle.
He claimed that the forestry officer fired a calming agent, but at the moment the shooter was fired, the tiger attacked his vehicle and in a few seconds she came very close to her.
"When it was supposed to jump on us … in that situation, in self-defense, I had to guess it," Ali said.