Tripura Govt. to Move SC Against Animal Sacrifice Ban

The Tripura government would file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court against the Tripura High Court order of banning animal sacrifice in religious places which is a century old tradition, said a state minister.

According to reports, Tripura royal family scion Pradyot Deb Barman also announced to file the petition before the apex court next week against the judgment of the high court saying the the court cannot overrule the provisions of the merger agreement which was signed on October 15, 1949 between Regent Maharani Kanchan Prabha Devi and the Governor General of India.

Law and Education Minister of Tripura, Ratan Lal Nath stated that the high court order evoked a mixed reaction. He said, “According to the existing law, sacrifice of animals in religious places does not mean cruelty against animals. Hence, the state government has decided to file the SLP before the top court. After the apex court decision, the state government would take the follow up steps on the issue.”

A division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh said in a landmark judgment on Friday that no person including the state shall be allowed to sacrifice of any animal or bird within the precincts of any of the temples within the state of Tripura.

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