SC Directed The Matters Related To Jallikattu To A Constitution Bench

| February 2 , 2018 , 17:09 IST

Supreme Court on Friday referred the matters related to the bull-taming sport widely known as Jallikattu to a Constitution bench.

A bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Mishra consisting Justice R F Nariman framed five questions to be adjudicated on by the Constitution bench.

While pronouncing the order  Justice Nariman said, "We have formulated five questions for the constitution bench".

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Previously on December 12, 2017, the apex court had said that it would refer to a five-judge constitution bench on the peals related to Jallikattu and bullock cart races. 

The court, while delivering its order, had said the large bench would decide whether states have the "legislative competence" to make such laws on grounds, including that 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart racing fell under the cultural rights enshrined under Article 29(1) and can be protected constitutionally. 

The hearing has followed the peals filed by petitioners against the Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra laws allowing Jallikattu and bullock cart races. 

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Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and allowed Jallikattu and bullock cart racing, respectively.

Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival. 

PETA alleged that Jallikattu was a blood sport in which bulls were subjected to various types of cruelty.