The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to lift the ban on Jallikattu in the state, saying it finds no ground to allow the state for the bull taming sport. Last week, the top court had questioned the Centre for its notification allowing the use of bulls in events like Jallikattu, saying India cannot “import Roman gladiator type sport”.
A bench of Justices, Dipak Misra and RF Nariman said that animals may not have rights but humans cannot negate their obligation enshrined under the Constitution. “We cannot import Roman Gladiator type sport here. One can use computer for indulging in bull fighting. Why tame bulls for it,” the bench said. It told Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, appearing for Centre, that the government cannot remove the very basis of the apex court’s May 7, 2014 judgement by making a notification.
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Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival. The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country, and had banned their use for such events all across the nation.