Serious allegations have been made against Padma Shri awardee and Indian entrepreneur Sundar Menon. There are allegations that Dr. Menon handled the elephants owned by the Thirvambady Devaswom in a cruel manner and treated them improperly for the past one year. The complaint was filed by V.K. Venkitachalam, secretary of the Heritage Animal Task Force. The High Court has ordered an inspection on the basis of the petition filed by Mr. Venkitachalam.
The petition was filed against Dr. Menon on various grounds. Stating several issues including public danger, cruelty against animals, violation of rules, and improper treatment of elephants, the Court has insisted that the notice be issued to Dr. Menon and the Thiruvambady Devaswom. The three elephants – Thiruvambady Sivasunder, Adiyat Ayyappan and Lakshmi – are being being kept in the compound of Dr. Menon’s residential property in Thrissur.
Anupama Subramanian, the counsel for the petitioner, told The Kochi Post that, “The Devaswom’s elephants are being kept in the compound of a private person’s land. Here, the owner and the custodian are different. There is a rule which says the owner of the elephant should be its custodian. Actually, it was given to Dr. Menon on an agreement of trust. But he has misused the trust shown by the Devaswom and is treating the elephants harshly and feeding food that is not permitted for them.”