New Delhi: Days before Bakra Eid 2016, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Supreme Court seeking a ban on the public slaughter of animals during the festival.

The plea challenges Section 28 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act that exempts animal sacrifice under religious practices.

The PIL has named ministries of home affairs as well as law, environment and the animal welfare board of India as parties.

Last week, the apex court sought Maharashtra government’s response on petitions contending that the ban on slaughtering of cattle in the state and sale of beef impinged on the right of people to choose their food and adversely affected vulnerable sections of society.

The petitioners challenged the May 6, 2016 judgment of Bombay High Court, which while upholding the ban imposed by the state government, allowed the consumption and possession of beef brought from states that allow slaughter of cattle.