Supreme Court: Permission to resume bullock cart race in Maharashtra, ban has been in force since 2017

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Surendra Joshi
Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:39 PM Updated to IST

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The apex court said that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the validity of the amended provisions of 1960 and the rules framed by Maharashtra to allow bullock cart races in the state would serve as pending petitions. The matter went to the Constitutional Tribunal.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the resumption of bullock cart races in Maharashtra. It has been banned in the state since 2017.

The Supreme Court has observed that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the amended Rules of 1960 and the rules framed by Maharashtra allow bullock cart racing in the state. The race could not be held as the petitions related to these were sent to the Constitutional Tribunal for consideration.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said that the apex court had not earlier granted any interim relief on the petitions filed challenging the validity of such amendments in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where similar bullock cart races were taking place. The bench said the same provision would apply to the amended rules applicable to the state of Maharashtra as was done in the other two states.

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