NEW DELHI: The Central government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to withdraw its 2016 notification that allowed Jallikattu to be conducted, as the Tamil Nadu State Assembly had passed a bill on the issue.
Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi said, “Centre is willing to withdraw the 2016 notification in view of fresh legislation passed by Tamil Nadu assembly for allowing the bull taming sport.”
The development comes a day after the Tamil Nadu government passed a bill amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in the state assembly, exempting Jallikatu, and paving the way for the sport to be conducted smoothly, after more than a week of protests in the state against a three-year old ban on it.
On January 7, 2016, the Centre had issued a notification that would allow Jallikattu to be conducted, but several petitions were filed before the Supreme court challenging the notification, five days later on January 12. On December 7, 2017, the apex court reserved judgment on the case. This was done after India’s top law officer requested the court not to pass its order for a week as the Centre and State were holding talks to arrive at a consensus to manage the ongoing protests in the state.
Yesterday, the peaceful protests on Marina Beach in Chennai had turned violent as a huge posse of police personnel surrounded the protestors and forcibly removed them.