DEHRADUN, Jan. 11 -- Two days after union minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to state minister for animal husbandry Rekha Arya regarding the "sadistic and unscientific" conduct of the veterinary doctor deputed at Rajaji National Park, the state animal husbandry department has set up an inquiry into the allegations against the doctor.

The union minister, in the letter, has alleged that Dr Aditi Sharma, "unnecessarily trapped an adult Wild tusker and recommended that it be kept in captivity for life".

The letter also states, "Since November this tusker has been severely abused and beaten up, starved, drugged and experimented upon" by the said veterinarian.

The minister in her letter also said Dr Sharma is torturing the elephant in a Kraal and is...