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