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Actor Darshan Thoogudeepa Faces Charges Over Wildlife Allegations

Actor Darshan Thoogudeepa Faces Charges Over Wildlife Allegations

The forest department’s vigilance wing in Mysuru is set to file a chargesheet against actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, his wife Vijayalakshmi, and their manager Nagaraj for allegedly possessing scheduled birds protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.

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Incident Details

In January 2023, the forest mobile squad raided Darshan’s farm in Kempaiahana Hundi, T Narasipura taluk, rescuing four bar-headed geese. A case under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act was registered against the trio.

Legal Proceedings

Despite receiving notices, Darshan did not appear before the investigation officer, leading to a stagnant probe until now. Based on Nagaraj’s statement, forest officials have decided to proceed with filing a chargesheet.

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Potential Penalties

The offence carries a penalty of up to three years in prison or a fine up to Rs 25,000. There is also a possibility of resolving the case through payment of a fine.

Statements and Affidavit

Vijayalakshmi submitted an affidavit claiming responsibility lies with Nagaraj, who stated the geese arrived at the farm on their own accord.

 

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