THE BOMBAY High Court Monday refused to grant any relief to members of a Malabar Hill apartment, who sought orders restraining three other members of their housing society from slaughtering goats within the society premises on the occasion of Bakrid. Pointing to a licence issued to them by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the High Court said, “The petitioners have approached the court for urgent ad-interim relief last minute knowing fully well that the slaughter shall be taking place on the occasion of Bakrid which is on September 13. We are not inclined to grant any such relief.”
The matter was heard on an urgent basis by a division bench of Justice S J Kathawalla and S C Gupte even as the High Court was on a two-day holiday owing to Bakrid. The plea was filed by members of the Simla House Cooperative Housing Society, Malabar Hill. “The respondents shall be entitled to slaughter 10 goats in respect of which licences are issued. They shall strictly abide by the conditions mentioned in the licence,” the order said.
The 10 licences are in the name of the three residents allowing them to carry out slaughter of one goat per licence on Bakrid. While the petitioners claimed that the licences were actually gate passes to Deonar slaughterhouse for removal of goats from there, the court refused to accept this contention.
“The licences produced before us prima facie establish that by their means, permission has been granted to the holders to slaughter animals. Though we are not too happy with the way particulars are mentioned by the authorities on the licence (not mentioning the description of the place of slaughter) we are satisfied they are issued to the persons and pertain to the slaughter of goats,” held the court.
The petition had also sought directions to the BMC restraining the civic body from issuing such licences. The petitioners had even written to the BMC in this regard but had not received a reply. The senior inspector of the Malabar Hill police station, however, had issued a notice to one of the petitioners on September 9 seeking a written undertaking regarding maintaining peace in the area. The matter has been kept for further hearing on Wednesday.