The Madras High Court direct the authorities of a Chenna medical college to fine two of its students Rs 2 lakh each for throwing a dog off a building's terrace. The students, Gautam Sudarshan and Ashish Pal, had been arrested for the crime in July and later let off on bail. They have been directed to pay the fine to the Animal Welfare Board of India. A video of them pushing the six-month-old puppy off a terrace had gone viral in July, after which police launched a hunt for them. The dog was later found alive, with multiple fractures.
Tamil Nadu Police had filed a case under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act against both Sudarshan and Pal, who were suspended from Madha Medical College in July.
The video of the dog, who was later named Bhadra by her rescuers, triggered outrage among animal lovers and activists who came together to trace the perpetrators of the crime. The Humane Society International had initially offered a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who could provide valid information on the men.