Jallikattu ban: Modi, who promised all help to TN, says matter sub-judice

Protesters have earlier rejected Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's appeal to end the mass protests and have refused to leave till the ban on Jallikattu is lifted.

Jallikattu ban: Modi, who promised all help to TN, says matter sub-judice

As protests in support of Jallikattu continue across Tamil Nadu, state Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking an ordinance in favour of the traditional bull-taming sport.

PMO informed that in the meeting with CM Panneerselvam the subject of Jallikattu came up and that Centre would be supporting the steps taken by State government.




However, PM Modi said  no ordinance can be made because the matter " is presently sub-judice."



Earlier, former SC judge Justice Markandey Katju had said that the centre needs not to wait for the apex court order to pass ordinance on Jallikattu.

“It appears that the Centre is under the impression that as long as the case is pending in Supreme Court, they cannot issue an ordinance. That impression is wrong. Even during pendency of a case, law has been changed many times,” Katju was quoted by The News Minute as saying.

“For example, when the election petition was allowed against Indira, she went to SC. When the appeal was pending, RPA act was amended by Parliament, even the Constitution was amended by Parliament,” he added.

Meanwhile, waves of protest hit Tamil Nadu on the third day as protesters gathered in several places including Marina Beach in Chennai, demanding the lift of a ban imposed on the taming sport and also strict action against animal rights group PETA for lobbying against the sport.

The social media has played a vital role in the huge gathering led mainly by students and has drawn the support of politicians, leading Tamil actors and cricketers.  Facebook pages like "Jallikattu veeravilayattu," specially designed to spread messages on the bull-taming sport and protest across the state were active with live updates.



Demonstrators including techies are still camping at busy Marina Beach area in Chennai. Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse protesters gathered at the beach since Tuesday evening. Authorities ordered over two dozen colleges in the city to close down on Thursday as the crowds swelled at the main protest site in the capital.

Protesters have rejected Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's appeal to end the mass protests and have refused to leave till the ban on Jallikattu is lifted and want the government and courts to listen to their demands.

This comes after Supreme Court ordered the ban on Jallikattu after the petition filed by PETA. Critics say organisers lace the bulls' feed with liquor to make them less steady on their feet and chuck chilli powder into their faces to throw them into a sudden frenzy as they are released from a holding pen. PETA has released footage it says shows bull farmers doping their animals ahead of the event. Protestors


Protestors claim that Jallikattu is not cruel to animals. Refuting charges of cruelty, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Foi Pandiarajan said, "Our people revere bulls, there is no cruelty." Protesters are now demanding the ban on PETA.

Jallikattu, held during the harvest festival of Pongal, has not been held in Tamil Nadu for the last three years, after it was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014.

The Court had last week rejected a plea urging it to give early verdict on a petition on Jallikattu before this year's Pongal last Saturday. On a petition on the protests, the Madras High Court said on Wednesday said that it will not "interfere" as the case is in Supreme Court.

All political parties in the state have accused each other of not taking up the issue aggressively. The ruling AIADMK has blamed the DMK for the ban, imposed when its partner the Congress led the Central government.

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