The Supreme Court on Friday put the brakes on the 400-year-old traditional bull-taming sport of Jallikattu, organised in Tamil Nadu as part of Pongal celebrations, saying guidelines to prevent cruelty against animals have been violated.
"Apparently guidelines have been not followed. It appears that guidelines have been violated," a Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said and directed the District Collectors in the state "not to give any more permission" for holding Jallikattu.
"We are not in its favour," the Bench said after senior advocate K K Venugopal showed photographs relating to the event in which 21 people died and 1,614 were injured.
Venugopal, appearing for the Animal Welfare Board, which had last year filed a petition against the holding of such an event, said all guidelines have been ignored by the organisers who started holding the event on January 14 and will continue till mid of February.
However, counsel appearing for Tamil Nadu sought two weeks' time for countering the allegations.
The apex court on January 15 last year had permitted holding of the 400-year-old tradition of Jallikattu on the condition that the authorities will ensure that animals would not be subjected to cruelty.
The permission for holding the event was granted after Tamil Nadu government had said there were elaborate guidelines to prevent cruelty against animals and to ensure elaborate security arrangements.