Srinagar: A government lawyer whose petition led the high court to ask the police to strictly implement the Dogra-era ban on slaughter of bovine animals has not withdrawn his name from the petition.
Deputy advocate general Parimoksh Seth, who has a close association with the ruling BJP, had filed the petition last year. The petition, according to him, was never listed for hearing until last week. He told the media that it “had skipped his mind” to withdraw his name from the petition after his appointment as deputy advocate general in April this year.
An official, asking for anonymity, told Kashmir Reader, “We are yet to hear from him. In case he doesn’t withdraw his name we have no alternative but to follow rules.”
On his part, law secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir said if the petitioner withdraws from the petition, the High Court judgment on the sale and slaughter of bovine animals would be “null and void”.
Interestingly, the government in a damage control exercise shuffled the beat of its additional advocate general Vishal Sharma, who represented the government in the high court hearing on beef ban case.
A source said Sharma had not informed the law department about the case beforehand.
“We have shifted him because it was his duty to inform us about the case. We would have filed a cogent response in the court,” a source said.
Sharma is son of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Leela Karan Sharma, who was at the forefront during the 2008 Amarnath agitation in Jammu region.