SC extends stay on cattle sale notification to whole country

SC extends stay on cattle sale notification to whole country

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended a stay, granted by Madras High Court on May 23 notification by the Centre that banned buying of animals from markets for slaughter, to the whole country.A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud passed its order after the Union Government represented by Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha submitted that the Centre was reconsidering the fresh rules in view of objections raised by various stake holders.He also said that the Madurai bench of Madras HC had in June already stayed the notification.

"We dont seek vacation of the stay. Please dont pass any interim order," the law officer said.He also said the fresh rules even after the amendment could not be implemented without a window period of three months as markets were to be notified by the states only.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing a batch of PIL petitioners including Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi, President of Hyderabad-based All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, submitted that in view of the notification, people were afraid to sell their cattle.The court prima facie agreed to the plea, observing, "livelihood of people cannot be subjected to uncertainties."After recording the government counsels statement, the bench, however, disposed of the PILs with liberty to the petitioners to approach the court again if they were aggrieved with the fresh look on...

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