The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the state governments of Punjab and Haryana to clearly enunciate as to what are the mechanisms they have at the ground level to monitor cowsheds (gaushalas) and illegal transportation of animals for slaughtering.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on a public interest litigation filed by Kurukshetra resident Renuka Chopra.
The petitioner has sought legal action against all officials involved in illegal transportation of animals in collusion with beneficiaries, which is not allowed as per law. It has been alleged that the Haryana government is involved in cow-slaughtering with slaughterhouses and had also earned huge amount of bribe.
Chopra has raised several questions regarding abuse of law in cases of cruelty done by cow smugglers to animals, and no proper legal action against such smugglers. The court was informed that nobody could take away cows and bulls from one state to another without export permit as per the cow slaughter act of Punjab and Haryana. It was informed that export permit is not given for those states where cow-slaughtering is banned.
It was submitted that the authorities concerned and slaughterers were playing with the religious as well as emotional feelings of the citizens. The petitioner has also submitted that in all the pending cases of cow-slaughtering and cruelty to animals, cases should be registered against truck drivers as well as owners.
The court also directed that the compact discs about the condition of cowsheds in both the states and the illegal trade of animals for slaughtering submitted by the petitioner be handed over to the amicus curiae (friend of court) advocate Prateek Gupta. Advocate Gupta also informed the court that he would produce the material germane to the matter at issue on the next date of hearing.
The case will come up for hearing on July 22.