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Animal welfare bodies move SC challenging new act allowing Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu

The Animal Welfare Board of India and other animal welfare bodies on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the new Act allowing Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017 brought by Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, was on Monday adopted unanimously by a voice vote in the Assembly. The Bill would now be sent for the President’s approval.

Soon after the Bill was passed, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) filed nearly 70 caveats in the apex court seeking prior hearing if pleas challenging the new legislation in the state come up for consideration.

The court has lists the matter for Monday along with Centre’s plea for withdrawing the 2016 notification allowing Jallikattu.

The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it would withdraw its 2016 notification allowing bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu in view of the fresh legislation, passed by the state assembly, on the issue.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that the Centre has decided to withdraw the January 6, 2016 notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest allowing the sport.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to Tamil Nadu government and the state police over reports of “unprovoked excesses” committed by the forces in quelling the pro Jallikattu protests in Chennai.

Violence had broken out in the capital city and other parts of Tamil Nadu as police cracked down on protesters, even as the six-day long “Marina uprising” was called off yesterday after the state Assembly passed a bill to replace the ordinance, thus allowing the banned bull taming spot of Jallikattu.