Cow Is A Sacred National Wealth, No Fundamental Right To Slaughter Cows For Bakrid, Andhra Hc
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-13

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The recent judgment by Rajasthan High Court recommending declaration of cow as a national animal had grabbed many an eyeball.

However, an order passed by the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana much earlier, on March 1 to be precise, had escaped the attention of the press and public.

The order passed by Justice B Siva Sankara Rao has now come to light and it waxes eloquent about cows and its significance to the country as a “sacred national wealth” before holding that slaughter of cows for bakrid is not an essential religious practice under Islam.

The matter, which is a criminal revision case has an interesting genesis. The petitioner was grazing 63 cows and 2 bulls when the police arrived at the scene and seized the cattle on the ground that the owners had procured them to be offered for slaughter for the Muslim festival of Bakrid. The cows were handed over to a Gaushala while case was registered against the petitioner under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Prohibition of Cows Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act II of 1977.

The Judicial First Class Magistrate-cum-Special Mobile Magistrate, Nalgonda dismissed the application for interim custody of the cattle leading to the petition in High Court.

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