Supreme Court refuses to quash Bombay HC order lifting ban on sale of meat

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New Delhi:

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with Bombay High Court order to allow meat sale in Maharashtra after September 17, saying these issues can not be forced down people’s throat.

Bench of Justice TS Thakur observed “There has to be a spirit of tolerance. These are not issues which can be forced down to somebody’s throat.

The Supreme Court has directed the high court to decide on the case in 6 months.

A Jain trust had challenged Bombay HC order.

The Bombay High Court on Monday stayed the controversial ban on sale of meat in Mumbai on September 17, but refused to interfere with the bar on animal slaughter on that day.

The High Court, which was hearing a petition filed by Bombay Mutton Dealers Association challenging the ban imposed in the wake of Jain community’s ‘Paryushan’ fasting period, said the stay will be limited to Mumbai jurisdiction area.

Though a similar ban has been imposed in Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai municipal corporations in Mumbai’s adjoining Thane district, the court said it was not concerned about it “as nobody has come forward challenging the ban there.”

A division bench of Justices Anoop V Mohta and Amjad Sayyed in their order said, “We are staying the ban on sale of meat on September 17, but we are not interfering with the ban on slaughter of meat and closure of abattoirs on that date.”

The High Court also observed that though the Maharashtra government issued a circular in 2004 banning meat sale on two days, it was never implemented fully.

“Although the circular was of 2004, we are very clear that the MCGM never fully implemented the ban on sale of meat. It never insisted on this (ban on sale of meat), but only insisted on closure of abattoirs,” the court said.

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