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Karnataka Cattle Slaughter Ordinance promulgated by Governor [Read Ordinance]
Given the fact that the Bill could not be introduced in the Legislative Council, the BJP government in the State has sought to take the Ordinance route.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala today promulgated the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance, 2020.
The development follows the passing of the the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020 in the State Legislative Assembly amidst vociferous opposition. Given the fact that the Bill could not be introduced in the Legislative Council, the BJP government in the State has sought to take the ordinance route.
The ordinance states,
"Whereas the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and the Karnataka Legislative Council are not in session and the Governor of Karnataka is satisfied that the circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action to promulgate the Ordinance for the purposes hereinafter appearing..."
As was the case in the Bill, Section 4 prohibits the slaughter of cattle, defined as "cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo below the age of thirteen years".
Highlights of the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020 [Read Bill]
Conviction under Section 4 invites imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than seven years and/or fine of not less than Rs. 50,000 for each cattle which can be extended to Rs. 5 lakh. For subsequent offences, the fine is not less than Rs 1 lakh and can be extended to Rs. 10 lakh.
For contravention of provisions other than Section 4, the prison term is three to five years, and the fine is not less than Rs. 50,000 and can extend to Rs. 5 lakh.
All offences under the ordinance are cognizable.
The only new provisions introduced are sub-sections (4) and (5) of Section 19, which deals with establishment of institutions for taking care of cattle. Sub-section (4) calls for the registering of existing and future gau shalas within three months of the commencement of the ordinance. Sub-section (5) provides for appointment of a registration officer for this purpose.