Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday amended the law regarding possession and consumption of beef and decriminalised possession of beef if it is imported from outside the state.
However, the slaughtering of bulls and cows remains banned in the state and comes under the category of a criminal offence.
After the infamous Dadri mob lynching case, where a man was lynched to death for allegedly consuming beef, the nation has become very sensitive towards the issue of beef storage and consumption.
In January this year, Maharashtra government had imposed a ban on the consumption of beef, keeping in mind the religious sentiments of people. The amended act prohibited slaughter of cows and bulls and consumption of beef. Violation of the law also attracted a fine of Rs 10,000.