Beef Ban in Jammu and Kashmir: Top Court to Hear on Monday Plea Against High Court Orders

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Monday a plea by Jammu and Kashmir government against two “conflicting” orders of the High Court pertaining to the slaughter of bovine animals and ban on beef sale in the state, claiming these were being “misused” to disturb peace.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court, in two separate orders, had banned the sale of beef in the state and simultaneously scrapped the law that barred slaughter of bovine animals.

Highlighting the inconsistency in the orders, senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, appearing for the state government, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu and sought an urgent hearing.

“List it on Monday,” the bench said. The High Court’s Jammu bench had on September 8 directed the police to enforce the provision under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) banning sale of beef in the state.

A week later, the High Court’s Srinagar bench issued notice to the state on a PIL which sought striking down of the provision of RPC banning slaughter of bovine animals.

In its special leave petition moved before the apex court, the state said, “the HC’s two conflicting orders have grave ramifications for the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the orders are being misused and interpreted in a manner so as to disturb peace in the state.”

“The apex court should ensure that there is uniformity and consistency in the judicial pronouncements and that there is no scope to exploit the present situation by disrupting communal harmony, amity and peace in the state and thereby alienating people of the state from national mainstream,” it said.