The Maharashtra government may challenge in the Supreme Court the Bombay high court’s order that allows people to store and consume beef brought from outside the state. The deadline for doing so ends on August 8.
The state law and judiciary department and advocate general Rohit Deo have said the HC order can be challenged. It is now up to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to take a call.
The BJP-led government in the state had banned sale, possession and consumption of beef in March 2015, amending the law that allowed slaughter of old bulls with the permission of local civic authorities. The new law put a complete ban on slaughter of cows and their progeny.
It was challenged in the high court, which on May 6 upheld the beef ban imposed by the state government under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. The HC, however, allowed people to store and consume beef that was brought from outside Maharashtra.
Sources in the government told HT that besides the advocate general and the law department, the state animal husbandry department was also of the view that the government should go in to appeal in the Supreme Court. The matter has now been sent to the office of the chief minister for a final decision.
On the other hand, the beef dealers were also preparing to appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court. Mohammad Ali Qureshi, president of the Mumbai Suburban Beef Dealers Association, said that they were waiting for the state government to go in to appeal and would then intervene.
“We don’t want to slaughter cows. We want permission to slaughter bulls and bullocks that are old and are not used for breeding or agriculture purposes and this demand will be raised before the apex court,” Qureshi told HT.