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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Petition Seeking Total Ban on Cattle Slaughter

30 January 2017

INDIA - A bench comprising the Chief Justice of India, J.S. Khehar, and Justice N.V. Ramana said it cannot direct States to frame laws banning slaughter of cattle.

The Supreme Court on Friday (27 January) refused to entertain a plea seeking either a total ban on slaughter of cattle or the framing of a uniform policy to protect and preserve them from slaughtering and smuggling.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice N.V. Ramana said it cannot direct States to frame law banning slaughter of cattle.

Various orders have been passed by the apex court in the past on measures to be adopted to prevent illegal inter-State transportation of cattle, the bench said, while refusing to entertain the PIL petition filed by Delhi resident Vineet Sahai.

During the brief hearing, counsel for Mr Sahai referred to inconsistencies in various State laws on slaughter and transportation of cattle.

Source: The Hindu

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