After Centre allowed Jallikattu, Supreme Court stops it, Jayalalithaa asks Modi for ordinance

The bench said that in view of contentions raised, there has to be an interim order staying ‘Jallikattu’ till the points of law are decided by the apex court.

Written by Arun Janardhanan , Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2016 8:06 am
Jallikattu, jallikattu hearing, tamil nadu, jallikattu news, jallikattu decision, sc order jallikattu, jallikattu videos, tamil nadu jallikattu, bull taming, india bull taming, india news, tamil nadu news By a judgement in May 2014, the top court had prohibited the use of bulls in ‘Jallikattu’ festivals, holding this practice to be an offence under the law.

Questioning the “necessity of such festivals”, the Supreme Court Tuesday restrained the Tamil Nadu government from conducting its traditional bull-taming sport Jallikattu, and stayed the Centre’s notification lifting the ban on it.

“What is the necessity of such festivals… like Jallikattu? There was no festival for four years… as an interim measure, we direct that there shall be stay of notification dated January 7, 2016 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, until further orders,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said.

 

Agreeing with animal rights groups on the necessity to issue an urgent order, the court imposed the interim stay until March 15 which, apart from Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, will also prohibit bullock cart races in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat during this period.

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The bench, citing points of law raised in a clutch of appeals against the January 7 notification, issued notices to Centre, Tamil Nadu and other states, seeking their replies in four weeks. It turned down the submission by the counsel for the Tamil Nadu government that prohibition on Jallikattu “will be creating a dent in culture”.

In Tamil Nadu, protests erupted in villages near Madurai after the Supreme Court stayed the Centre’s notification. Roads connecting Alanganallur and Palamedu were blocked by protesters.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider bringing an ordinance to allow Jallikattu during the Pongal harvest festival.

“Considering the urgency of the issue, I strongly reiterate my earlier request to the Government of India to promulgate an ordinance forthwith to enable the conduct of Jallikattu. On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, I urge you to take immediate action,” she stated in her letter.

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Reminding the Prime Minister that the Pongal festival begins on January 14, Jayalalithaa said it is very important that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu be respected since they have deep attachment to the conduct of Jallikattu.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi also demanded that the Centre take necessary steps to facilitate the event.

With its order Tuesday, the Supreme Court has revived its ban on Jallikattu, first imposed in May 2014 when it held that use of bulls in such events severely harmed animals and constituted an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Representing the Centre, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought to defend the notification by arguing that the apex court had not totally prohibited the participation of bulls in Jallikattu but only desired that care is taken so that bulls are not treated with cruelty.

He also raised questions over the maintainability of the petitions by animal rights groups. But the bench said it would not entertain such an argument at this stage since such petitions had already been entertained in the past.

“We perceive the (Animal Welfare) Board and others have really not approached the court for protection of their fundamental rights, but the rights of animals in the constitutional and statutory framework,” the bench said.

While the Attorney General argued that Jallikattu is not like bull fighting in Spain and that conditions have been provided in the notification so that cruelty to participating animals is avoided, the bench noted that the real issue should be at what stage can it be made sure that harm to animals is completely avoided.

The interim order has been issued on a batch of petitions moved by the Animal Welfare Board of India, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), People For Animals and other animal rights groups.

Besides the applications to stay the Centre’s January 7 notification, two contempt petitions have also been filed, contending that the notification is in violation of the Supreme Court’s 2014 order. These groups argued that Jallikattu is torturous and cruel to animals and all such sport should be completely banned.

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First Published on: January 13, 2016 3:00 am
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    muru
    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:11 am
    Kamal is 100% right . Stop Briyani also. or Prepare Chicken Briyani without killing chickens. I fully support our traditional sport. .
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      Quinton Quizotix
      Jan 20, 2017 at 8:52 am
      PETA;CUPA; People for Animals and other Animal Rights Group,swearing their faith in their"Fundamental Duty"as per Art. 51 A(g) have failed to fulfill their Funamental Duty"to Value and Preserve the Rich Heritage of OUR COMPOSITE CULTURE",as per Art.51 A(f)!It is regrettable indeed that the more than 2000 year old Dravidian tradition of "Jalli-kattu"-upbringing the stud-bull and sportingly gaining control over it during the "Mattu Pongal Day"preceding the mating season,we are sure to loour rich heritage and become dependent on imported Jersey Cows and "artificial insemination methods and their consequent effects on ozone layers and healthof the future generation!
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        subodhverma
        Jan 22, 2017 at 6:09 am
        BEST DECISION BY STUDENTS AND PUBLIC OF TAMIL NADU WHO SAW THROUGH THE EVEIL DESIGNS OF THE CENTRE AND STATE GOVERNMENT.IS THIS HOW THE CENTRE CONTROLLS THE SUPREME COURT AND IS THIS WHY JAYALALITHA JUDGEMENT IS YET TO BE PRONOUNCED EVEN AFTER DECADES AND MAIN ACCUSED IS DEAD.IF GOVT IS CONTROLLING SC,RBI,NITI AYOG THEN WE ARE HEADED TO RUIN AS THIS GOVT IS THE MOST CROOKED ONE BACK STABING AND OUT TO SELL OUR COUNTRY TO FOREIGN PLAYERS.
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          suganth ramalingam
          Jan 2, 2017 at 9:44 am
          SC asks, "what's the necessity for such festival?" when a w state say it's necessary.
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            Abhinav Gour
            Jan 12, 2016 at 8:19 am
            Judicial activism is visible here. There should be a common mechanism dealing with judiciary and legislature. Strict separation of powers without any benefits is undesirable. There shouldn't be continuous cycle of striking downs. Hope judicial overreach is not the end in any case.
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              Bharatk
              Jan 13, 2016 at 8:07 am
              Maybe Tamil Nadu would be better off as a country than a state. Whats the point of being a part of a country where the rest of them never bothers to respect the tradition and culture of others.
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                Ansal-Brothers-as-SC-Judges
                Jan 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm
                Supreme CORRUPT Judge says. Even if you make a Bull to skrew him, he would not budge, for the stakes after retirement are very high!!! See KG Balakrishnan, or the S-O-B who mercilessly decided about the 59 people who were burnt alive saying the Ansal brothers were old to go to jail? What sort of a S-O-B the judges must be. Here the same b@stards are voluntarily representing animals.
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                  India-s--MF-s
                  Jan 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm
                  I told you not to go gung ho earlier about the lifting of the ban. It was all pre planned. It was bRAWmins in RAW, who were kicked out of TN who asked the then SCjudge to impose the ban. India has many MFs. It can use any of its MFs any time against Indians. But cannot use them against foreigners or foreign corporates.
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                    Equestrian
                    Jan 13, 2016 at 8:05 am
                    All upper caste morons are like you and you are no different than a plain to speak for an animal vs tradition and culture of lower caste people.
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                      Thief-Justices-of-India
                      Jan 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm
                      Major case handled by Supreme CORRUPT: KUSHBOO vs SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY (SEKS before marriage case). Supreme CORRUPT pitches in voluntarily where there is opportunity to mint money, foreign junkets, Swiss bank account in Marutius, etc.
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                        Thief-Justices-of-India
                        Jan 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm
                        FK WITH HINDIA AND FK WITH SUPREME CORRUPT OF HINDIA!
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                          Pulilan
                          Jan 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                          WHO THE FK IS PM OF HINDIA!
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                            Pradeep
                            Jan 12, 2016 at 10:05 am
                            Terimakabhosada I think u smell like u r ped of right now u bloody hold up tongue
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                              Murali
                              Jan 13, 2016 at 4:49 am
                              We want justice in ஜல்லிக்கட்டு We want our tradition
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                                MyTake
                                Jan 12, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                                Alternative would be to give the youth something where they can put in good use their adrenaline rush. Just taking one option away and not giving an alternative in return will not work. This is one way of keeping the crime low in a society by keeping the youth engaged - need sport activities more than less!
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                                  MyTake
                                  Jan 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm
                                  Replace the animals with politicians from TN - there will be many to fit the bill whom the people can gladly choose.
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                                    Theyagu
                                    Dec 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                                    Iam Tamilzan and an Indian and am educated i need jallikatu under no matter what., its our culture that u dono abt...
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                                      TIHAEwale
                                      Jan 12, 2016 at 11:28 am
                                      Good let the so called warriors fight rabies stricken stray dog so that at least one menace is eradicated
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                                        Alab
                                        Jan 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                                        I fully subscribe to Supreme court's stay. I support PETA's stand. But what about slaughter of animals ? Worse stll, what about bleeding animals to death for food ? More snimsks are affected than this than Jallikkattu.
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                                          Amalan
                                          Jan 13, 2016 at 2:40 am
                                          This is a planned move by people outside Tamilnadu to erase Tamil culture, and influence North culture as you have destro the cultivation now its time to remove traditional....we will fight even we fail and if it destroy our tradition we will see to the we destroy the entire culture....especially 12 groups from Bangalore are behind the band....clearly view who is now against us.....
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                                            amitava ghosh
                                            Jan 13, 2016 at 3:26 am
                                            What cheap mentality politicians run this country that banning of jallikattu will ruin their political aspirations.When our bravehearts are being slaughtered by terrorists these politician instead of giving thoughts to such grave matters indulge in raising hueandcry about jallikattu.Such cruelty to animals should be banned.
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