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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  1. P
    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.
    1. C
      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.
      1. K
        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 ?
        1. M
          Jan 12, 2017 at 9:06 am
          yeah and and available at very high prices also to benefit the brokers
          1. N
            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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