The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on the plea challenging the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.
The Supreme Court has given the Centre two weeks to file its response and for hearing on July 11.
The Supreme Court, however, has not put a stay on the Centre’s notification as of now.
The Centre told the court that its intention was “to create a regulatory regime all over the country”
The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer Fahim Qureshi who is also the president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee.
The state of Kerala and several other groups have filed pleas to become intervenors in the matter.
The Supreme Court has asked Center to reply to the plea challenging cattle slaughter ban as “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory”.
Besides arguing that the decision will hit poor farmers and squeeze supplies to the country’s Rs 1 lakh-crore meat industry.
The Centre’s controversial May 25 notification regulating sale of cattle for slaughter has triggered protests across the country.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, allows only farmland owners to trade at animal markets.
The notification covers bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and calves, as well as the camel trade.
They also require anyone purchasing cattle to provide an undertaking that the animals are bought for agricultural purposes and not slaughter.