RTI reveals a huge pendency of cases in Wildlife Institute of India
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, has not been able to identify a large number of wildlife species and trophies related to crimes investigated by different agencies.
Information was sought by Naresh Kadyan, the representative of the International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA) in India. The reply received from the WII said that a total of 1,612 cases of species identification were received for identification from various agencies like CBI, courts, customs, foreign, forests, ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), and police during the last ten years. Out of these, 879 cases have been disposed of while 733 are still pending.
Some cases from almost every department are pending with the institute. However, all the 20 cases forwarded by the CBI have been disposed of.