New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Noting that stray dog population in the national capital is on the rise despite claims by authorities that the canines were being sterilised, the Delhi High Court today directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to videograph the sterilisation process.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said video- recording of the process would ensure that the procedure, which has been outsourced to NGOs, is carried out correctly and there is no fudging of the results.

The direction came after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said the work of sterilising dogs has been outsourced to NGOs which leave a small incision on the ears of the canines which have been sterilised.

The bench, however, questioned how the corporation can be sure that the procedure was being correctly carried out, especially when the population of stray dogs in Delhi is rising.

It directed the corporation to inspect the centres where the procedure was being carried out, to video record it and file a status report before the next date of hearing on April 23.

The direction from the bench came during the hearing of a PIL by a resident of Tehkhand village in south Delhi who has sought that no hospital for stray or mad dogs be set up in the vacant land nearby and the site be converted into a park.

The Delhi government, meanwhile, filed a status report indicating the existence of two veterinary hospitals and a vacant plot where the corporation can set up the facilities for sterilisation of stray dogs.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.