HC full bench to hear ‘conflicting’ beef ban pleas on Friday

Srinagar: The J&K high court has constituted a three-member full bench to take a decision on two conflicting petitions—one seeking court’s directions on strict implementation of a Dogra-era law criminalising slaughter of bovine animals and the other asking for its abrogation.
The bench comprising Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Ali Muhammad Magrey and Tashi Rabstan will hear on October 16 (Friday) both the petitions.
The bench was constituted after the Supreme Court requested the state’s chief justice to form a three-judge bench to hear and decide both petitions together.
The apex court was hearing a special leave petition filed by the state government, which had sought its counsel in deciding on the conflicting orders of the two high court wings.
“It is for the Chief Justice to decide at which place the matters are to be heard,” a division bench of Chief Justice of India HL Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy had said and kept in abeyance for two months the September 8 order of a J&K High Court order at Jammu, which had directed police authorities to enforce the more than century-old beef ban in the state in “letter and spirit”.
In the SLPs, the government had requested the SC to “ensure that there is uniformity and consistency in the judicial pronouncements and there is no scope to exploit the present situation by disrupting communal harmony, amity and peace in the state.”
“There is a realistic possibility of the HC delivering two judgments, mutually contradictory, since two separate benches are seized of the respective petitions,” the state had said.