The Supreme Court on Friday said all applications challenging Tamil Nadu’s amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, allowing the conduct of jallikattu, will be heard on January 31.
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman will have a scheduled hearing of the challenges.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the Bench led by Justice Misra in a mentioning that the Centre had filed an interim application seeking to withdraw its notification of January 7, 2016, bringing bulls back into the stable of performing animals under the 1960 Act in the light of the new law passed by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on January 23.
Justice Misra told Mr. Rohatgi that the government application would also be heard along with the applications filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, other animal rights organisations and activists against the Tamil Nadu law.
Meanwhile, the court also took on board a separate plea made by Tamil Nadu lawyer and advocate G.S. Mani challenging the applications made by the AWBI and others.
Mr. Mani argued that the State legislature had every authority to pass an amendment allowing jallikattu keeping in view the popular protests of the public. An amendment is not a deliberate nullification of the 2014 Supreme Court judgment banning jallikattu, but a decision taken by the representatives of the people taking into consideration the people’s wishes.
Justice Misra said the jallikattu Bench would hear him in detail on January 31.