New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking a ban on all the ‘Gau Rakshaks’ organisations running rampant across the country. The decision was taken on Friday after the SC received a petition which stated that the cow-protecting organisation had “created disharmony” in the country.

Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy demanded response from the Centre and states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana for allegedly cloaking these organisations away from facing the law.

Congress member Tehseen Poonawalla, who is the petitioner, entreated the SC to declare unconstitutional Section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act of 1954. Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976 and Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964 has also been called out for its ‘unconstitutional’ elements.

Violent incidences involving gau rakshak activists have sparked in the country furious debates about the imposition of ban on choices of food. The Dadri incident was one such incident where resident Mohammad Akhlaq was mob-lynched on the suspicion of possessing beef.