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Supreme Court seeks government clarification on cattle ban rules

One of the petitioners assailing the notification said the rules were inoperative since they were never placed before the Parliament.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 23:17 IST
HT Correspondent
Rescued cattle kept at Katras cow shelter in Dhanbad.
Rescued cattle kept at Katras cow shelter in Dhanbad.(File)

The Supreme Court asked the Centre on Friday to clarify whether it had placed the controversial rules pertaining to a ban on sale of cattle before the Parliament or not.

A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar asked additional solicitor general PS Narasimhan to find out from the authority concerned if the rules were put before the House after one of the petitioners assailing the notification said the rules were inoperative since they were never placed before the Parliament.

Advocate VK Biju told the court that it was mandatory to place the rules before Parliament. “They have not complied with this provision,” he said, showing an RTI reply to substantiate his submission.

The rules, notified in May to prevent cattle smuggling, came under criticism with buffalo traders raising concern that they will jeopardize their meat export business as the supply chain of the spent buffaloes will be disrupted. The government has already informed SC that the rules will be amended keeping in mind the protests.