The Supreme Court on Wednesday ticked off butchers and livestock traders for refusing to shift their operations to the ultra-modern slaughter house at Ghazipur from unregulated Idgah abattoir.
“We are all status quoists. We will not move. We do not want to change. When the whole slaughterhouse has been shifted, what are you going to do?,” a three-member bench headed by Justice VS Sirpurkar, snapped at the counsel appearing for livestock traders and butchers.
“Status quo” refers to an order of a court asking the parties in a dispute to maintain the same position in a case as it existed at the time of passing the order.
The butchers and livestock dealers/agents are opposing the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's decision to close down their operations from October 21 as the civic agency had asked them to shift their activities to the newly constructed Rs 130-crore ultra modern abattoir at Ghazipur.
They claim the new abattoir lacks adequate facilities.
The bench, also comprising Cyriac Joseph and Deepak Verma, said its October 28 order refusing to stay the closure notices issued by the MCD would continue till November 18 when the matter would be taken up for hearing.
In the meantime, it directed the organisations representing the butchers and livestock traders and others affected by the MCD’s closure notice to file their replies to the agency’s contention that it has provided all requisite facilities at Ghazipur slaughterhouse.