The Supreme Court today refused to interfere with the Madras High Court's stay order on provisions of the Centre's May 23 notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from markets for slaughter. The apex court, however, modified its earlier order and vacated its stay on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Case Property Animals Rules 2017). This paves way for implementation of Livestock Market Rules except Rule 22 which was stayed by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. The Case Property Animals Rules 2017 notified by the Centre on May 23, could also be implemented with apex court vacating its stay. "We are disposing of the petition before us.
The stay order of Madras High Court on Rules (22) b (iii) and 22 (e) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Livestocks Markets) Rule 2017, will remain as it is. We are not touching that," a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said. The apex court, however, granted liberty to aggrieved parties to approach the court, when the new rules are notified by the government saying that only then, the fresh cause of action will arise.
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