The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Chandigarh administration to ensure that animals being kept in cattle pounds are not sold for slaughtering.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), the high court division bench of justice SK Mittal and HS Sidhu was told that a large number of cow pounds were operating without “proper registration”.
The high court asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to get all cow pounds registered under the relevant rules so they could be regulated and unscrupulous activity, if any, could be thwarted and action could be taken against the guilty.
The HC was told that of the 310 cattle pounds in Punjab, 235 were registered and 341 of the 408 were registered in Haryana. The Chandigarh administration did not file a written affidavit and orally informed the court that there were four cow pounds operating in the city of which three were registered. The high court took the Chandigarh administration to task for not filing the affidavit despite several directions.
The court directions on the management of cow pounds came on a petition filed by a Kurukshetra girl, Renuka Chopra, who alleged that cows from these pounds were being smuggled to slaughterhouses and the Haryana government had not acted on her complaints.
Following her submission, the HC sought details on the functioning of cattle pounds in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.