SC refrains from passing order

SC refrains from passing order

The Supreme Court on Thursday refrained from passing any order on a plea seeking protection of those protesting the ban on Jallikattu at Chennai’s Marina Beach.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked advocate N Rajaraman to approach the Madras High Court, which can deal with the issue.
The advocate urged the court to take suo motu cognisance of the agitation, which has been going on for the past three days, at Chennai.

He expressed apprehension that the people, who have come from various parts of Tamil Nadu, could be forcefully removed and lathicharged, as had happened in the case of yoga guru Baba Ramadev and his followers at Ramlila Maidan in 2011 .

“Why do you come all the way to the Supreme Court? You can go to the Madras High Court,” the bench told the advocate.

As the advocate pointed out that the high court had refused to consider the issue, saying the apex court was seized of the matter, the bench asked him to file a proper petition.

On December 5, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions, challenging a notification issued by the Union government in January 2016 allowing the use of bulls in the bull-taming sport on the ground that it was contrary to the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The notification, issued by the Centre on January 7 had sought to circumvent an apex court ban on Jallikattu in 2014.

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