Supreme Court reserved its judgement on Thursday on a batch of appeals challenging laws in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra that allow bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’ and bullock cart races.
During the Pongal harvest festival, the bull-taming sport of “Jallikattu”, also known as “eruthazhuvuthal”, is played.
Justice K M Joseph presided over a five-judge Constitution bench that heard submissions from several senior advocates, including Tamil Nadu’s Mukul Rohatgi and several other counsels.
In a week, the bench, which also includes Justices Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar, will ask parties to submit a collective compilation of written submissions. According to the top court, petitions challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, should be decided by a larger bench since they involved substantial constitutional questions.
To be adjudicated by the larger bench, the bench framed five questions.
Several petitions have been filed challenging the state law that allows bull-taming in Tamil Nadu, including one filed by PETA.