Ban on kambala to stay for at least two weeks
Reacting to the court order, Kambala Committee president Ashok Pai said they would soon decide on resuming massive protests across the state.
The interim ban on annual buffalo race kambala in Karnataka will remain for at least another two weeks as the Karnataka High Court on Monday decided to await the Supreme Court verdict on jallikattu pending before it.
“This honourable court will wait for the Supreme Court order on Jallikattu (bull taming sport) and accordingly decide on Kambala,” Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee said in his order.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear all jallikattu matters on Tuesday after the Centre filed a plea seeking to withdraw the January 6 notification, so as to allow the bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
A division bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice had in November last passed an interim order banning all kambala races until the disposal of PIL filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Reacting to the court order, Kambala Committee president Ashok Pai said they would soon decide on resuming massive protests across the state. “We may decide to resume our protests, beginning from tomorrow itself. The only hope before us is the state government. We hope it issues the ordinance paving the way for conducting kambala,” Pai told The Indian Express.
Amid continuing protests against the ban, Karnataka Cabinet on January 28 had decided to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to pave the way for Kambala.
The annual sport, held from November to March, involves a pair of buffaloes tied to the plough and anchored by one person. They are made to run in parallel muddy tracks in a competition in which the fastest team wins.
It is believed to be held to propitiate the Gods for a good harvest, besides being a recreational sport for farmers.