New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to vacate its order barring the bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu that is held during Pongal festivities beginning on Thursday.
 
An apex court bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice N.V. Ramana declined to lift an earlier order that put on hold a central government notification allowing Jallikattu and bull races. 
 
Rejecting the contention of petitioner Ramakrishna, the judges said they were not inclined to vacate the Supreme Court order of Tuesday prohibiting Jallikattu on grounds of cruelty to the bulls.
 
Jallikattu, an ancient sport, is held in rural parts of Tamil Nadu during the Pongal festival. It involves young men clinging on to the hump of bulls to win prize money. 
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Tuesday had issued an ordinance urging the Supreme Court to permit Jallikattu citing that the tradition of bull taming was deeply ingrained in the people of Tamil Nadu.