Possession of beef is no more an offence in Maharashtra

Bombay High Court struck down the provision in Animal Preservation( Amendment) Act which criminalises the possession of beef
beef ban, Maharashtra Government

The Bombay Hight Court has upheld  Maharashtra government’s decision to ban slaughter of bullocks in the State. But the court struck down the provision in the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which criminalises the possession of beef. According the High Court  ruling now possessing beef brought from outside the state  is allowed

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suresh Gupte rejected a plea by the state to stay that part of the judgement that decriminalised the possession of beef.
The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was enacted in March 2015 which  bans the slaughter of bulls and bullocks. Before that the slaughter of cows were banned in the state . According to the act the  sale of of bulls and bullocks for slaughter a crime, punishable with a jail term of up to five years and a fine of Rs 10,000. The  possession of meat of a cow, bull or bullock, was also made as an offence  an offence.  The ban on beef, the petitioners represented,  is a violation of the fundamental right to life and liberty
The Maharastra Government’s justification for the ban was that there was no fundamental right to choice of food and or any right to eat beef