New Delhi: As many as 13 parrots were produced at the Patiala House Court in New Delhi today (October 16). 

It was reported on Tuesday that sleuths of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) nabbed a foreign national with 12 parrots at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). These parrots were being smuggled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Today, 13 parrots were produced at the court. 

The accused, identified as Anvarjon Rakhmatjonov - an Uzbekistan national - is a resident of Tashkent who has been sent to jail by the Patiala House Court. The accused was carrying the parrots illegally to Tashkent by hiding them in jute packets.

He was arrested on Tuesday at the Delhi airport. As his belongings were scanned, the officials observed some strange visuals. Upon physically checking, they found out the presence of parrots. He was later handed over to the customs officials. 

When the accused was arrested, he did not answer the questions posed to him in a satisfactory manner nor did he produce any documents in relation to the smuggling. 

The customs investigation revealed that according to the Wildlife Act, the purchase of these parrots is prohibited.

PC Agarwal, Special Public Prosecutor of the customs department said, "The accused is a resident of Uzbekistan and he bought the parrots from a roadside parrot seller."

The investigation is going on in this case. At present, the court has sent the accused to judicial custody for 14 days.

The report was published on India Today.