Calcutta HC disposes of PIL concerning animal slaughter during Bakri Eid with direction to abide by earlier guidelines
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Calcutta HC disposes of PIL concerning animal slaughter during Bakri Eid with direction to abide by earlier guidelines

The PIL had raised apprehensions that animal slaughter laws may be violated during the upcoming Bakri Eid celebrations.

Meera Emmanuel

A PIL urging for the Court's intervention in view of the apprehended violation of animal slaughter rules during the upcoming Bakri Eid celebrations was disposed of by the Calcutta High Court yesterday on the observations that there are already guidelines in place on the issue (Santosh Kumar Yadav & Anr. v. The State of West Bengal and Ors).

The petitioner before the Court had expressed concern that there would be slaughtering of animals in violation of prescribed laws during the Bakri Eid celebrations this weekend.

On these apprehensions, the Court had been approached for the issuance of guidelines.

The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Bibek Chaudhuri, however, took note of the submission made by Advocate General Kishore Dutta that the State Government would strictly abide by the guidelines issued by the Court in August 2019.

In its order dated August 9, 2019, the Court had observed that the Kolkata Municipal Commissioner is tasked with the duty to ensure that applicable statutory provisions in the matter are adequately enforced.

Accordingly, in September, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation told the Court that it had notified the specific places where slaughterhouses can be set up in compliance with Section 428(2) of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980.

As for the present matter, in view of its August 9, 2019 order, the Court opined that there were no further directions necessary and disposed of the PIL. The Court said,

"We direct that the State Government and the local self-government institutions shall abide by the directions contained in the said order of this Court issued on 09th August, 2019 in W.P.372 of 2019. Subject to this, we do not see that any further directions are necessary to be issued in this writ petition. Hence, this writ petition is closed and ordered accordingly."

Advocates Uday Chandra Jha and Maheswari Sharma appeared for the petitioner. Additional Advocate General Abhratosh Majumder and Advocate Sayan Sinha also appeared, along with AG Dutta, for the State.

Read the Order:

Santosh Kumar Yadav & Anr. Vs. The State of West Bengal and Ors.pdf
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