The law officer however quickly added that a re-look at the rules does not mean a repeal.
Mr. Narasimha said the rules would be amended keeping in mind the interests of the various stakeholders, including the meat industry, and re-notified.
The law officer conveyed to the court that the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, was already working on the amendments to the rules and they would be completed by August.
Mr. Narasimha apprised the Bench that the rules have already been stayed by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court in May last. The Centre submitted it was not challenging the four-week stay order passed by the High Court.
The fact that the Madras High Court’s stay order had lapsed on July 7 did not stop the Supreme Court from endorsing it. “The directions of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court shall extend through out the country,” the Supreme Court ordered.
The court however, did not agree with the Centre’s suggestion that the States should meanwhile go forward with the work of identifying animal market spaces within their jurisdictions as per the existing rules.
Source: The Hindu