Kartik N Shukul
Young, sparky and focused, Nagpur-based Kartik Shukul, one of India’s leading experts on the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, currently serves as Special Counsel for the Forest Departments of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for poaching cases pending before the respective Trial Courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. Given the extremely poor conviction rates that typify the past, he has proven, in recent years, to be among those who have persistently, and successfully, gone after poachers, transporters and traders with links to deadly wildlife syndicates. In his crosshairs are all those dealing in contraband including tiger skins and bones. One path-breaking judgement he recently won involved the bail cancellation of international tiger skin trader ‘Chacha’ who he doggedly chased all the way from the Trial Court to the Supreme Court of India.