The Madras High Court Tuesday granted a four-week stay on the Centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle meant for slaughter.
The Madurai bench of the high court sought responses from the state government and Government of India on the issue, reports said.
On May 23, the Centre passed a notification seeking to regulate the sale of bovines at the cattle markets. The order prohibited the sale of animals meant for slaughter. The Centre has also tightened the rules for those looking to sell or purchase the animals.
The Centre’s move evoked strong reactions from politicians across the country, particularly in Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Beef Fests have been organised around the country in protest against the Centre’s decision. In Kerala, Youth Congress Workers and organisations associated with the Left took out protest marches against the government. Beef was cooked and freely distributed to the public at many places.