BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday issued a notice to the state government, police commissioner, deputy commissioner, Bengaluru, commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board in response to a public interest litigation filed by New Delhi-based NGO Gau Gyan Foundation.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna was hearing the petition filed by the foundation, which is engaged in conservation of cattle.
The petitioner’s counsel argued that the sale and slaughter of cattle reaches its peak during Bakrid every September. During this season, at least one lakh cattle are illegally transported into Bengaluru and sold for slaughter, in violation of the law, he said. Authorities must prevent this illegal transportation and slaughter, he said.
The counsel further argued that the cattle are butchered and slaughtered in houses, shops, streets and other public places in an unhygienic manner and blood from it flows across roads and streets during these times. Several laws like the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act are not being implemented strictly, he argued.