SC stays Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter

11 Jul 2017

The Supreme Court today ordered a nationwide stay on Union government’s new rules that had banned the trade of cattle for slaughter.

While delivering its order, a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said the Madras High Court's stay on Centre's notification on sale of cattle, including cows for slaughter will continue and would cover the entire country. As the top court extended the operation of the High Court order, the Centre told the court that it would be renotifying the Rules after considering objections from the stakeholders.

The SC took note of the statement of the centre that it was reconsidering the notification by taking into account various objections and suggestions of stakeholders and would come up with an amended notification. "Needless to say that the interim direction issued by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court shall continue and extend to the entire country," the bench said.

The order was passed on a petition filed by a Hyderabad-based advocate who had challenged the ban order. The lawyer, Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi, challenged the May 26 notification as "arbitrary, illegal, and unconstitutional" and contended that it was "against the freedom of religious practice to sacrifice the animals" and violated the right to food, privacy and personal liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Centre had on May 23 issued the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that is expected to hit export and trade of meat and leather.