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Supreme Court asks Centre to respond within 2 weeks while hearing pleas on cattle trade
Not long after the Central government notified the prohibition and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, various pleas challenging this notification reached the apex court.

The petitioners have challenged different stipulations of two notifications that came on May 23, saying that the rule violated the fundamental rights to livelihood, freedom of religion and food choice.

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to respond on the contentions of various petitions in the matter within two weeks. The court will hear the matter again on July 11.

On of the petitioners, Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi, had moved the top court on June 7. He had also challenged the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017.

Many state high courts of the southern part of our country have already challenged this ban and the proceedings are going on for the subject matter.

On 7th of June, the vacation bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Deepak Gupta had ordered the listing of this matter on June 15. This happened when Sanobar Ali Qureshi, who is appearing for the Hyderabad-based petitioner, had brought this into the notice of the judges that this matter needs an early hearing.

The petitioner, Fahim Qureshi, is himself a lawyer. He says with complete confidence that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Animals) Rules, 2017, which let the ban come on the cattle slaughter are illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional.

He has contended that the rule which states that the purchaser "shall not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose" is completely in contradiction to the act of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960. The Section 28 of the act of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1960 says that it is not an offence to "kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community".

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