Supreme Court turns down plea to revisit Jallikattu ban before Pongal

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had said the state government will ensure that the sport is held across rural areas in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2017 2:16 pm
jallikattu, jallikattu ban, ban on jallikattu, pongal, supreme court, tamil nadu, when is pongal, jallikattu bull taming, pongal bull taming Political parties, including DMK, have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival, this year. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court turned down a plea seeking its intervention in passing a judgment on Jallikattu before Saturday, news agency ANI reported. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport practiced during the Tamil festival of Pongal. The apex court said while the draft of the judgment has been prepared, it is not possible to deliver a verdict before Saturday when Pongal is set to be celebrated in Tamil Nadu. The apex court, which had first banned the sport in 2014 citing animal cruelty, had upheld the order last year when it dismissed the state government’s review petition.

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The Supreme Court’s statement comes a day after the Centre said “things are ready” on its side, and that it will wait for the order of the court which it hoped will do justice so that people can celebrate festival as per tradition.

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had said the state government will ensure that the sport is held across rural areas in the state.

“Myself and the the Tamil Nadu government, who follow in the footsteps of Amma (Jayalalithaa), will ensure that Jallikattu is held. We will not back off even a bit. I would like to assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will uphold the heritage and culture of the Tamils,” he said.

AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala also wrote a letter to PM Modi Wednesday, underlining that the ban on the sport had sparked resentment in the state.

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Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who met a delegation led by AIADMK leader M Thambidurai regarding the issue, also blamed the previous Congress-led UPA government for including bulls in the list (of animals prohibited from being exhibited or trained as performing animals). He added that bulls are not ill-treated during the performance and hoped the Supreme Court would look into all aspects of the case.

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    Prakash
    Jan 12, 2017 at 7:13 am
    Tamilnadu has to go ahead with Jallikattu, not to be worried about Supreme Court order. When the same Supreme Court has no action on contempt of court by a state on Cauvery water release.
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      cherans
      Jan 15, 2017 at 9:43 am
      SC is loosing its relevance by interfering in administrative matters and improper understanding of Indian culture ...So law will be amended to conduct Jallikattu properly by the elected members. SC must take care that it is not fast becoming a laughing stock like so many self proclaimed experts who discuss the matters on TV debates. I do not how long India will be managed by fools.
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        Kiran
        Jan 12, 2017 at 11:50 am
        Supreme court judges are h**s. When Teesta seetalvad was about to be arrested, they listened to Kapil sibal argument over phone within a day. They showed so much urgency then ! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now they dont have time ? Seriously ?
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          Mirage
          Jan 12, 2017 at 9:06 am
          yeah and and available at very high prices also to benefit the brokers
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            Nbalu two
            Jan 12, 2017 at 6:57 am
            Jallikkattu,reklaw race are traditionally conducted after pongal(ie) magara sanghi,in Tamilnadu for thousands of years.Even during British Raj it was encouraged.So giving it consent and forming rules for it may solve the problem and will be a goodwill gesture.
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              Pat
              Jan 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm
              Crazy southies savage festival. Kamal yukasan who idolises this ugly guy. How dare they treat animals; you are as evil as muslims butchering animalslt;br/gt;What's happen tl these demented animal haters.
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                Rithik
                Jan 12, 2017 at 8:27 am
                sati was not followed anywhere else in the world...dont u compare....bull taming is a sport...its is followed in many parts of the world....why dont the court ban the slaughter houses in india and lets not wear any leather goods.....like u said lets evolve....modern law...my foot
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                  Kris
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 6:25 am
                  Who the FK is SUPREME CORRUPT to give permission. OLES!
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                    Achal
                    Jan 12, 2017 at 7:09 am
                    It's not a national festival so let it happen as they do!!! There are so many festivals like this in our country so you can't ban each and every.
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                      kris
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 9:09 am
                      actually - we are using fake leather products more - leather is too costly to get at 10 rs
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                        kris
                        Jan 12, 2017 at 9:12 am
                        dont hate brahmins - he may be a stupid communist
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                          kris
                          Jan 12, 2017 at 9:09 am
                          meat price during bakrid will touch peaks
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                            Angaraj Navaneethakrishnan
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 7:04 am
                            Just like kaveri water issue court order not followed we need not follow it
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                              Jai hind
                              Jan 12, 2017 at 11:15 am
                              Actually the god has balanced everything in this universe .. A species shud be a prey to another animal..if not the hunting animal will die out of food and supposed to be prey animal will increase in such a number that will b threat to other creatures ... Same way Beef is something what is supposed to be a good for human .... Now if the government bans beef slaughtering ... Am expecting them.to arrest ,,lion tiger ,leapord ,such wild animals for killing other creatures :p
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                                Jai hind
                                Jan 12, 2017 at 10:57 am
                                He is better than bas rard uri
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                                  Jai hind
                                  Jan 12, 2017 at 11:12 am
                                  India is the country who export beef more...that too got the 1st place under modis government .
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                                    Jai hind
                                    Jan 12, 2017 at 11:11 am
                                    It's only U who call a rexin a leather ...
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                                      baburaj
                                      Jan 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm
                                      so you mean if someone tortures you then it is a problem. But if someone kills you. Then you will pardon. Is it
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                                        baburaj
                                        Jan 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm
                                        why are you not able to see other animals being killed, Are you going to stop selling beef, chicken, fish, goat. They are also animals. You will not , as that is business for corporates and they want to get all the business under their belt
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                                          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                                          Jan 12, 2017 at 9:05 am
                                          If the state CM goes against the Supreme Court order he should be immediately arrested and put in jail. Supreme Court should ask Centre to dismiss the TN government and declare President's rule there.
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                                            breeksmenon
                                            Jan 12, 2017 at 7:43 am
                                            Wrong decision by the court. A slap on the face of great tamilDravidian culture .Unacceptable
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