SC seeks state govt response on beef ban
The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine the validity of the Bombay high court verdict quashing the Maharashtra government’s decision to criminalise possession of beef of animals slaughtered outside the state.
The HC had on May 6 upheld the state government’s ban on slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks in the state but allowed people to consume beef imported from other states, saying that a ban on imported beef would be an infringement of the right of privacy , which was a fundamental right.
Challenging the HC order, the Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh, an NGO, moved the SC, pleading that the HC order should be set aside and possession of beef be criminalized.
Appearing before a bench of Justices A K Sikri and D Y Chandrachud, the NGO contended that the HC erred in passing the verdict and it should be set aside. The court, after a brief hearing, issued a notice to the state and sought its response.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for an activist group, contended that it had also challenged the HC order upholding the state government decision to to ban the slaughter of animals and pleaded that both petitions be heard together.
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