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No ban on cow slaughter, beef in Delhi: High Court

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking ban on cow slaughter and sale of beef and such products across the national capital region (NCR).

The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath termed the plea as “misconceived”.

The HC declined to entertain the plea after the AAP government informed the court that there is already ‘Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act’ to protect cattle.

The plea, filed by a man claiming to be a monk, sought directions to Delhi government to enact a law similar to the 1932 Ranbir Penal Code, applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, which states that slaughter of cows and “like animals” was punishable with up to 10 years of imprisonment as well as a financial penalty.

The petitioner, Swami Satyananda Chakradhari, has also claimed that the HP High Court had directed the Centre “to allocate funds to the state government for providing shelter and fodder to cows and formulate special schemes for their protection”.

(With PTI inputs)