Two days before Pongal, SC refuses to lift ban on jallikattu
Much to the disappointment of many leading voices in Tamil Nadu and the state government, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea seeking to allow bull-taming sport jallikattu played during Pongal festival in the state.
A bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R Banumathi told a group of lawyers, who requested for the verdict, that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order.
The apex court, however, said the draft of judgment has been prepared but it was not possible to deliver it before Saturday when jallikattu is to be organised, Times of India reported.
The court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s notification allowing the sport.
In 2014, the court had banned Jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty.
Last year, it dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgment.
The apex court had also earlier declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009, as constitutionally void, being violative of Article 254(1) of the Constitution.
On January 8, last year the Centre had issued a notification lifting ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.On July 26, last year the apex court had said just because the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu was a centuries-old tradition, it could not be justified. The apex court had also stayed the January 8 notification of Centre.