Beef ban: Maharashtra government to challenge Bombay HC ruling

| Friday, May 6, 2016 - 20:41
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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government may approach the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's decision of decriminalising possession and consumption of beef in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday.

The Bombay High Court, on Friday, ticked off two sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which interdicted possession of beef from animals slaughtered outside the state. The high court said the ban on slaughter in the state will continue to exist.

"The HC has affirmed that our law is constitutional and it has not targeted any religion, caste or creed. I am happy that our stand is vindicated by the court," Fadnavis told reporters. 

"However, there are two provisions of the law that have been struck down by the high court. We will consult our lawyers and if necessary, will approach the Supreme Court against this. Other than these two provisions, the court has found no fault with the law," he added. 

Sections 5(d) and 9 (b) of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act was scraped off by a division bench comprising of Justices A S Oka and S C Gupte who said the ban infringes upon a person's Right to Privacy. 

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.

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