A ban on bullock-cart races throughout Maharashtra that the Bombay high court imposed in March 2012 will continue to hold; the court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by the Maharashtra government seeking review of the order.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Ranjit More dismissed the review petition primarily on the grounds that the state government had issued a notification in August 2011 specifically prohibiting bullock-cart races across the state.
The state government had moved high court seeking review of the March 12 order citing an order issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court allowing bullock-cart races there.
Mattos contended that the state government wants to review its 2011 notification, but cannot do so in view of the specific order passed by the court. It therefore sought interim permission to conduct bullock cart races this season on the condition that they would not be treated cruelly.
Kandivli resident Gargi Gogoi opposed the plea through her counsel Anil Anturkar, who contended that bullocks cannot be used for racing as stated in a notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests 2011, and therefore temporary permission for conducting such a race cannot be given. The judges accepted Anturkar’s contention and dismissed the review petition filed by the Maharashtra government.