Days after the Tamil Nadu government passed an ordinance to allow popular bull-taming sport – Jallikattu – after a widespread protest, several animal rights organisation approached Supreme Court challenging the state government move. Several parts of Tamil Nadu had seen a massive protest demanding the sport be allowed after it was banned by the apex court last year.
The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear the pleas of Animal Welfare Board of India and other animal rights organisations Monday next week.
The pleas were mentioned for urgent listing before the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra.
The bench also asked senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Anand Grover, appearing for the petitioners, to file their applications which will be taken up for hearing on January 30 when the Centre’s plea for withdrawing the January 6, 2016 notification will be taken up.
The animal rights group has contended that the new law passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly to allow Jallikattu has over reached the earlier verdict of apex court.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had yesterday informed the apex court that Centre has decided to withdraw the January 6, 2016 notification allowing Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
The apex court, which had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the notification, had said that the concerned bench would take a decision on when the application of the Centre would come up for its consideration.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017 piloted by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, was unanimously adopted on January 23 by a voice vote in the assembly after a brief debate.
Nearly 70 caveats have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking prior hearing if pleas challenging the new legislation allowing Jallikattu in the state come up for consideration. The caveats were filed a day after the AIADMK government moved the apex court seeking a prior hearing before any order is proposed to be passed in the matter.
The stir over Jallikattu had turned violent this week, even as the Tamil Nadu assembly moved swiftly and passed a bill replacing an ordinance for conducting the bull taming sport. The violence after police crackdown on protestors left several injured, including the police personnels.
(With inputs from the PTI)