Cattle Rules: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre; Four courts now seized of the matter
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-16

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The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Central Government in the petition filed by a Hyderabad-based organisation challenging the recently notified Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017.

A Bench of Justices RK Agarwal and Sanjay Kishan Kaul heard the matter today and issued notice but refused to stay the impugned Rules.

The petition has been filed by a Hyderabad-based organisation called All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, through advocate Sanobar Ali Qureshi.

News Source- Bar & Bench

The petitioner has claimed that Rules 22(a), (b)(iii), (c), (d)(ii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii), (e)(ii),(iii) and 25(5) are violative of Articles 19(1)(g), 21, 25 and 29 of the Constitution. The petitioner has also assailed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2016 as being ultra vires Sections 29 and 35 of the parent Act.

Further, the petitioner has also cited the decisions of the Bombay High Court and the Allahabad High Court in Sheik Zahid Mukthar v. State of Maharashtra and Saeed Ahamed v. State of UP , which held that the state cannot deprive its citizens of their right to choice of food.

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