Supreme Court extends Madras HC stay on cattle trade rules to entire country

The order came after the central government said it was seriously considering the various representations made to it on the issue, and would make amendments to the rules if needed. The Centre did not ask for any modification of the HC order, or for the stay to be lifted.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 10:40 am
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The Supreme Court of on Tuesday extended the Madras High Court’s stay order on the Centre’s May 23 notification, banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, to the rest of the country. The order came after the central government said it was seriously considering the various representations made to it on the issue, and would make amendments to the rules if needed.

“The stay is extended to the whole of the country,” said Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, after the counsel for petitioners pleaded that this was necessary to avoid confusion regarding the applicability of the stay ordered by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. The Centre did not ask for any modification of the HC order, or for the stay to be lifted. The court said that in view of the Centre’s stand, there was no reason to retain the petitions.

“It is pointed out by the Centre that the issues under challenge are subject matter of fresh consideration and concerned authorities are seized of it. It is submitted that the rules will be renotified after appropriate changes,” said the court.

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The court also took note of the Centre’s submission that “the concerned authority, Secretary, MoEF, is seized of the matter and after consideration, changes as needed shall be renotified”.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha said the notification was issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), after inviting objections of the various states. However, given the sensitivities involved, the government was willing to take a relook at certain provisions and would make amendments if necessary.

He also told the court that the MoEF notification would not take effect immediately, as it was the job of the states to identify and notify the markets envisaged by the central notification. He said it would take at least three months to put in place the regulatory regime as envisaged by the central notification.

The court was taking up a bunch of petitions challenging the amendments to the rules framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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    cthamo
    Jul 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Someone like Nagar Iyer is calling the Supreme Court Judges s and you publish it without any moderation. Are you a party to his comments too?
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      Nagar Iyer
      Jul 12, 2017 at 9:38 am
      Majority of the Judges of HCs, Metropolitan Courts and SC are in the payroll of MEAT MAFIA and CHEMICAL FERTILIZER MAFIA. Have these idi()ot judges ever noticed how animals are transported in vehicles? Are they aware that animals are kept without food or water for days together?
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        rajan
        Jul 12, 2017 at 7:55 am
        That is good order from SC, relief from all beef eaters and a big set back for cow vigilante and Hindu cruminals who is killing innocent people in the name of beef. Hindu's can cruel and kill human being and beef eaters and they have licence given by bjp government, what a joke by namo
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          Hajee Muneer Ahmed Saheb
          Jul 12, 2017 at 7:31 am
          The central government is playing a political game by imposing the ban on cattle . This ban first of all harms the farmers , who depend on cattle of unusable cattle . It also imposing unnecessary ban on the food habits of more than 70 of the people of the country. It has to effect the export of the beef, which earns more than 30 thousand crores in foreign exchange . The Hon ble Supreme court has done the right thing and very good judgement not only in the interest of the people but also the country.
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            jk
            Jul 12, 2017 at 7:24 am
            Thanks 2 ur forefathers who made this cons ution on which SC works. Apparently they were well aware of evil design of so called nationalist frm Nagpur who loved English slavery...
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              M Prabhu
              Jul 12, 2017 at 6:53 am
              This government ( read as Narendra Modi's govt ) which worships ' cow ' will have dead ' cows ' in their hands................Arun Shourie.
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                sunny
                Jul 12, 2017 at 5:50 am
                May be development mantra is not working as wished by BJP,in their manifesto. So alternative is COW, Maniter,Demonitation, etc.
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                  Sid
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 10:24 pm
                  very poorly written article, for some one who does not have a context of what transpired, this article makes no sense what so ever
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