Jallikattu Organisers Defiant, Say They Will Organise Sport Despite Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court on Thursday shot down a plea for delivering its judgment on bull-taming sport Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. This was followed by protests across Tamil Nadu, with some organisers saying they will organise the sport despite the apex court ruling. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra told a group of lawyers, who pleaded the court for an early verdict, that it was “completely unfair to ask the bench to pass an order by a particular date”. The bench said the draft of the judgment was ready but it was not possible to deliver it before Saturday when Jallikattu is to be organised. The court had in November reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions, challenging the Centre’s notification allowing the use of bulls in Jallikattu.