Kerala High Court refuses to stay ban on cattle sale for slaughter

Several petitions were filed against the ban in Kerala High Court including one by Congress MLA Haibi Eden which argue that the subject of animal markets come under the state list.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 7, 2017 3:58 pm
Cattle sale, cattle slaughter, Ban on cattle sale,Kerala High court, In Kerala, Youth Congress workers allegedly slaughtered a calf, skinned it and distributed its meat. (File photo)

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday declined to stay the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 (Rules) that ban the sale of cattle for slaughter in livestock markets. The bench has decided to hear the case on June 28. The development comes a week after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan opposed the central government’s decision to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets and appealed to his counterparts in all other states to object to the “covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature in the guise of rules under a Central Act”. Vijayan has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to withdraw the ban.

Several petitions were filed against the ban in Kerala High Court including one by Congress MLA Haibi Eden which argue that the subject of animal markets come under the state list. According to other petitions, the decision is aimed at breaking religious amity in society.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is set to hear a plea challenging the same on June 15. The plea has been filed by a Hyderabad-based organisation.

The Madras High Court had earlier stayed the Centre’s notification banning cattle sale for four weeks. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal saw several protests following the ban. ‘Beef fests’ were organised at various places where protesters cooked beef and freely distributed it to the public.

Two such protests had become embroiled in controversy, one in Kerala and the other in Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, Youth Congress workers allegedly slaughtered a calf, skinned it and distributed its meat. Following this, the party high command suspended eight Youth Congress members, including the unit’s Kannur president.  In Chennai, students at IIT-Madras also organised a beef fest on the campus. The next day, a group of students, allegedly led by an ABVP sympathiser, attacked a PhD scholar for attending the fest.

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    Ajit Shaurya
    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    Please clarify the name of the judge, to bring in some perspective. He is from Bihar and has recently been appointed into the Kerala HC. He is simply looking at this from the perspective of a Northern Indian individual, the type who engineered this situation.
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      sri.s
      Jun 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm
      Don't misinform. There were no protest by either TMC or CPM/left in Bengal. State cpm leaders have categorically instructed their students wing not to organize any beef party. And all these due to fear of rising bjp in Bengal. even in TN there were only one protest by few hardly 10-20 in IIT Madras. Though ndtv tried to hype it but miserably failed.
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        Anand Drivedi
        Jun 7, 2017 at 6:05 pm
        Hats off to the people of Kerala for standing up to the tyrannical terrorist government of the BJP-RSS. I hope the courage of the people of Kerala can spread all over India and once again build a modern and progressive India.
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          harun
          Jun 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm
          The High Court order is no surprise,but not enough.Under Prevention of CRuelty the Court should ban slaughter of Chicken/Goat/Lamb and Fish as well.Why should Cows/Camels/Buffalo enjoy special treatment
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            sri.s
            Jun 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm
            I guess when you are writing comment online you are fairly educated and have all the means to get correct information. There is no order to ban cattle slaughter except for religious purposes. The ban is only on state wise transportation to prevent large scale cattle smugg to B'desh.
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              Tushar
              Jun 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm
              So u mean it is banned slaughter for religious purpose ? Like the sacrifice during baKrid ?
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            Harry
            Jun 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm
            Good move by court. Communists are always subversive. They are trying to subvert ban by raising false issue of state rights. Stalin knew how to deal with such people. Of Lenin's Politbureau nobody except Stalin survives in great purges. Only that made USSR strong enough to defeat Germany.
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              NARANAT
              Jun 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm
              1. It is a pity that the ECI & peac0ak judges of this country r above any scrutiny. 2. By exposing 3 EVM units of their own choice CEC is claiming all the 15lakh EVMs r tamper proof. Whom he tries to fool? 3. HC judges r giving verdicts in hours to support Hinduthva agenda when their usual practice is to sit even on open-and-shut cheque cases for min 10 years. For Hundutva issue judges r even ready to conduct trials at midnight. 4. A man was lynched for goat meat, judges were sleeping. A Govinda Swamy raped an OBC girl, judges were busy to save the rapist because there was a "Swamy" in his last name. A dalit family & children burned alive, judges were silent. People carry dead on shoulder, judges were enjoying it. Patients were pulled by their leg no judge took suomoto. But when a cow was slaughtered for food judges are up in arms with shameless pea theories. Why only a COW can ignite fire beneath the tails of these Caste Hindu peac0ak judges selected by collegium?
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