The C Times, 15th June 2017, Agartala: The Supreme Court of India issued a notice to the Central Government on cattle slaughter notification on Thursday. Justices RK Agrawal and SK Kaulvacation bench issued a notice to the Central Govt. and asked it to file response within two weeks on two separate petitions. The next hearing on 11th July 2017.
The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre as prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood, on a PIL filed by the Hyderabad lawyer, Faheem Qureshi, the Centre order was unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Fahim Qureshi is also headed the All India JamiatulQureshAction Committee. He has also question the animal would be used for agricultural purposes, unless the purchaser furnishes an undertaking saying he is an agriculturist, and the stipulation that prohibits bringing young cattle to animal market.
As per the notification, cattle is defined as “bullocks, cows, bulls camels, calves steers, heifers and buffalos”. The Centre had banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter through an Environment ministry notification on 26th May—–‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Mr. Qureshi has contended that the rule of purchaser “shall not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose” was contrary to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, whose Section 28 says it not an offence to kill any animal in a manner is required by the religion of any community”.
Earlier, Environment Minister Hash Vardhan had said, “Suggestions that have been submitted will be reviewed. It is not a prestige issue for the government”. He also had said influence food habits or affect slaughter business, the intention behind the notification was not to harm any particular group.