The division bench of the Bombay high court chaired by Justice M. S. JAWALKAR and M. S. SONAK, on Friday said that “we find that the petition is mainly based upon articles in newspapers and journals. Secondly, we find that if the orders which are impugned in this petition are to be set aside or stayed, then such orders might conflict with the statutory provisions under Section 4 of the said Act upon which the petitioners themselves have placed reliance. It is necessary to note that the impugned orders only appoint competent authorities who are to examine the issues arising out of slaughter of animals. Therefore, if the Government seeks to follow the law, the Government cannot be restrained from doing so”.
The division further said that “The apprehensions expressed on the basis of the pandemic situation are rather vaguely expressed as pointed out by the learned Advocate General. Besides, the contention of the learned Advocate General that slaughter in Goa is undertaken only at the Goa Meat Complex which is the agency and instrumentality of the State, also lends assurance to the fact that nothing illegal or untoward will be permitted to happen. There is also no reason to believe that the MHA guidelines or any other safety measures will not be complied with by the State or its instrumentalities and agencies. Therefore, on the basis of the apprehensions expressed, it is not possible to entertain any prayer for interim relief now that two out of the three days for which this arrangement was made has already expired.”
A petition was filed by an activist Amrut Shabilal Singh at the high court earlier this week pleading to stay import of animals from neighbouring states & slaughter of Animals at Goa Meat Complex ahead of Bakri Eid celebrations.