Govt order doesn’t ban cow slaughter: Kerala HC

The PIL was filed by Youth Congress state general secretary T G Sunil, who sought a stay on the notification on the ground that it was issued during Ramzan, and would hurt religious harmony in Kerala.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 1, 2017 6:35 am
beef ban, cow slaughter, illegal slaughter house, Kerala High Court on illegal slaughter house, Kerala HC Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, indian express news The bench observed that there is no ban on beef consumption or cow slaughter. (File Photo)

OBSERVING THAT there was no constitutional violation in the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, a division bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the order.

The division bench of Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh and Govt order doesn’t ban cow slaughter: Kerala HC Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan also expressed surprise at the order of the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, which had, on Tuesday, granted a four-week stay on the Centre’s notification.

The division bench felt that its interference in the notification was unwarranted. The bench observed that there is no ban on beef consumption or cow slaughter. The new notification does not impose any restrictions on the sale of beef or slaughter of cattle, it said, adding that the restrictions were on the sale of cattle used for agriculture purpose at animal markets. The rules did prevent anyone from buying or selling cattle outside the market, it said.

The PIL was filed by Youth Congress state general secretary T G Sunil, who sought a stay on the notification on the ground that it was issued during Ramzan, and would hurt religious harmony in Kerala. He argued that the notification violated fundamental rights. Following the high court’s interpretation of the notification, the petitioner withdrew the PIL. Meanwhile, a single-judge bench of the high court reserved its order on two writ petitions challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets), Rules, 2017.

The writ petitions, filed by Kozhikode district meat workers association and Congress legislator Hibi Eden, sought a stay on the Centre’s notification. The petitioners argued that the rules infringe upon Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution, and also amount to encroaching on the powers of the state legislatures.

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    Mithi Choco
    Jun 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    why ban only beef / BAN ALL LEATHER GOODS, SOFAS, WALLETS AND SHOES AND CAR SEATS. PROTECT COWS
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      Kunjan
      Jun 1, 2017 at 11:24 am
      Whether there is ban or no ban in slaughtering or , the ultimate loosers are the common people. Now even in the midst of beef fests, the price of all non-veg items including beef, are skyrocketing denying the opportunity to buy atleast a small quan y once in a while. Even if the situation reaches to normal, will the prices come down - never. So much there is success for all those perpetrators. After all, who is interested in the concerns of the general public. They are at the mercy of these types of elements - politicians, self-styled activists, wicked media et al.
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        sreedhar
        Jun 1, 2017 at 11:22 am
        Does court believe farmers sell their unmilking cows in directly to slaughter house or to brokers ? the worst part India is facing today is even court getting entrapped in this HINDU, COW politics, whereby one court even demanding COW should be named national animal ? are we progressing or on reverse gear ?
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          Indian
          Jun 1, 2017 at 10:55 am
          COW SLAUGHTER is an emotional Issue in most North Indian States and even upto Karnataka acounting for more than 490 seats in Lok Sabha. CONGRESS dare not support the YOUTH CONGRESS CALF SLAUGHTER in Kerala as Congress will be reduced to a Party of Kerala, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizo-ram with only 26 Parliament Seats. ............... CPM with just 9 MPs in Lok Sabha can indulge in any DRAMA as they have nothing to lose.
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            Murthy
            Jun 1, 2017 at 10:45 am
            I have said in many of my posts, the Indian Media and journos love to whip up emotions. They do not take the trouble to read the Notifications / rules and so on. Screaming Headlines alone matter. Misleading an already volatile population, especially, the students, thus causing divisions in society can only be called Anti-National. Media loves controversy, okay, but please do respect FACTS.
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              Damodar Biswal
              Jun 1, 2017 at 10:40 am
              If there was no ban on cow slaughter n beef eating in Kerala n Chennai why beef feast? Is it for provocation? Congress n communists have made themselves irrelevant in Indian politics through beef feasts n unnecessary PIL.
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                Balakrishnan Hariharan
                Jun 1, 2017 at 9:24 am
                It is now very clear that there is " NO NEED BAN" The Kerala HC has made that very clear. What is also VERY CLEAR is the FACT that sections of the Lutyens media, the Congress and the fast becoming ' Politically Irrelevant ' LEFT - have all been LYING to the Nation by making it appear that the Centre was bent on changing the dietary habits of the common folks. A blatant LIE.
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                  Kunju
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 9:07 am
                  The observations of the court is very true. And correctly reported by IE. If those who jumped to protest have read the notification by union government, they could have understood that there is no #beefban.
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