Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected plea asking for interim lifting of the beef ban. The HC said that the decision on the matter must be taken by the state government. The plea sought to relax the beef ban for three days during the festival of Eid.
Early March this year, after President Pranab Mukherjee granted assent to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the beef ban was enforced in the state, including on sale or possession of beef, with stringent penalties.
The slaughter of cows was already prohibited in the state under Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, 1976. The new Act also bans slaughter of bulls and bullocks, previously permitted on a fit-for-slaughter certificate.
With agency inputs