A petition has been filed before the Bombay High Court requesting temporary lifting of beef ban for three days — September 25, 26 and 27 — on the occasion of Bakr-Eid. The petition has been filed by businessman Aslam Alamgir Malkani and advocate Ishaque Abdul Aziz Shaikh. The petition requests the court to direct the state to issue a circular granting relaxation/suspension of sections for slaughter and possession of beef under the amended Maharashtra Preservation of Animals Act.
The petition says the Act violates Article 25 (Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion), Article 26 (Freedom to manage religious affairs Subject to public order, morality and health, every religious denomination or any section thereof shall have the right), Article 29 (Protection of interests of minorities) of the Indian Constitution.
The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing on September 16 before a division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice V L Achliya. A similar petition was filed by a non-government organisation from Byculla. Huzaifa Electricwala and 12 others of the NGO Muslim Yuva Manch moved the HC on September 3. The matter has been posted for hearing on September 21 before another bench.