Taking note, the Apex Court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice J. Chelameshwar said: "If it is so, then it is absolutely impermissible and also condemnable."

Having condemned the move, the court said: "We restrain the West Bengal Government not to administer sterilization by which natural procreation process of the elephants or wildlife is curtailed."

The court passed the order taking note of a statement made by Advocate T.K. Singh who appeared for Jharkhand in the course of the hearing of a PIL seeking directions to regulate the movement of the trains to prevent deaths of elephants on account of collision with the fast moving trains.

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