SC brings Nationwide stay Orders on Centre’s Rules Prohibiting Cattle Slaughter

1:54 PM, Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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Cattle SlaughterNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a nationwide stay on Central government’s new rules that had imposed a blanket prohibition on the slaughtering of cattle brought from animal markets.

Issued on May 23, the notification bans the sale of cattle (cows, bulls, buffaloes, camels, heifers) for culling and also restrains sacrificing the animals for religious purposes. A bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said that the stay order by the Madras High Court will “extend to the whole of the country”.

Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha had requested the court for not issuing any order since the government was re-examining the rules and that new changes were likely to be notified by the end of August.

But the bench responded: “Livelihood cannot be subjected to uncertainties.” It said that the government could go ahead and notify the new rules but the operation of the current rules will stay for the entire country.

The court also said that the government will have to give sufficient time for implementation of the new rules and also for enabling aggrieved people to approach the court again once the new rules are notified. It disposed of the current batch of petitions.

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