Srinagar: In yet another addition to the list of ‘”cow and its importance”, a Hyderabad High Court has called the bovine creature a “sacred national wealth”, media reports said on Saturday.
As per reports Justice B Siva Sankara Rao of Hyderabad HC took to calling the cow a “substitute to Mother and God” while dismissing the plea of a cattle trader from whom 63 cows and two bulls were seized.
Rao dismissed the trader’s plea as it is a settled legal position that Muslims do not have the fundamental right to insist on slaughter of healthy cows on the occasion of Bakrid.
The judge has also directed that veterinary doctors of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh who have been fraudulently certifying the healthy cattle as unfit for giving milk and thus sending them off to slaughter houses should be brought under the penal net of the Andhra Pradesh Cow Slaughter Act, 1977.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana allow the slaughter of cows only when they are certified to be old and unproductive.
Rao also added that the Cow Slaughter Act should be amended and the offences under it should be made non-bailable and cognizable.
Cattle trader Ramavath Hanuma had filed a plea in the Hyderabad high court after a trial court in Nalgonda had rejected his petition for the custody of the 65 bovines which were seized from him.