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SC fixes beef ban matters for final hearing in February

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today listed for final disposal a batch of pleas challenging the Bombay High verdict decriminalising the possession of in case of animals slaughtered outside the state. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and Abhay listed the matter in third week of February on non- miscellaneous day. The top had earlier said that the landmark judgement declaring right to privacy a fundamental right would have "some bearing" in matters relating to slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks in The had on May 6 last year struck down sections 5(D) and 9(B) of the Animals Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1995. While section 5(D) criminalises possession of meat of cows, bulls or bullocks, slaughtered outside Maharashtra, section 9(B) imposed burden on the accused to prove that meat or flesh possessed by him/her does not belong to these animals.

The state had filed an appeal in the top The top had on August 25 observed that after the verdict by a nine-judge constitution bench, the right to eat of one's choice was now protected under privacy. Several individuals and organisations have challenged the high court's verdict upholding ban on slaughter imposed by the state The had approached the apex challenging the high court's verdict striking down sections 5 (D) and 9(B) of the 1995 Act on the ground that it infringed upon a person's "right to privacy". The high had termed as "unconstitutional" the provisions which held that mere possession of was a crime, saying only "conscious possession" of the meat of animals slaughtered in the state would be an offence. It had upheld the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks imposed by the government, but had decriminalised the possession of in case the animals were slaughtered outside the state. The state government, in its appeal before the apex court, has assailed the verdict, saying the restriction imposed by the 1995 Act on possession of flesh of cow, bull or bullock could not be interpreted and concluded to be an infringement of "right to privacy". It had said the high "while coming to the finding that right to privacy forms part of the fundamental right to personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of Constitution ought to have appreciated that right to privacy was not yet designated as a fundamental right". The plea had said that according to the verdict, obligation upon the state to prove "conscious possession" of would "constitute an unsurmountable circumstance readily available to the wrongdoer to escape sentence". The verdict had come on a batch of petitions filed in the high challenging the constitutional validity of the Act and, in particular, the possession and consumption of of animals slaughtered outside

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:10 IST
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