Taking to Twitter, in a series if tweets, Gandhi lashed out at Maharashtra Minister of Finance and Planning, Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar, and accused him of giving orders for the killing despite several requests from many stakeholders.
A tiger that officials say killed 13 people was shot dead in central India over the weekend, igniting a firestorm of criticism from politicians and animal rights activists who said the killing was unnecessary.
Sources also said that while the Supreme Court and High Court orders that allowed declaration of T1 as a man-eater were clear that every attempt should be made to tranquilize and kill, there was no evidence of any such attempt at the site.
For almost three months, 150 ground personnel, elephants and so-called expert trackers and shooters were on a hunt to find Avn as she had killed 13 people over the last two years in the region.More news: At least 15 dead, 44 injured in China truck crash
The tigress is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people over the last two years.
Khan said a team of about 14 was rushed to the spot, near the village of Borati in the Yavatmal district.
The hunt for the tiger had been has been controversial from the beginning, with activists challenging the forest department in the courts.
On Friday, a patrol team lured Avni using as bait a live goat, the urine of another tigress, and a Calvin Klein perfume that contains a pheromone shown draw big cats.More news: Royal Family Christmas traditions Meghan Markle must follow
The killing has sparked massive outrage and raised a debate over tiger conservation efforts. Ali claimed that a tranquilising dart was shot at Avni when he and a few Forest Department officials came across the tigress. Asgar Ali's involvement in the hunt for Avni was "patently illegal" Maneka said.
"Despite the forest officials being committed to tranquilise, capture and qurantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own under orders of Mungantiwar".
Even the darting of a wild animal is prohibited at night, between sunset and sunrise, according to rules established by India's National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a 96-year-old woman set a record by scoring 98 marks out of 100 in the literacy exam in southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Thursday. When the tiger turned and charged at the vehicle she was killed by a single gunshot, the forestry department said.More news: Christian pilgrims' killers are slain in shootout, Egypt says
PETA India has called for investigation into what it's calling a "wildlife crime".