The Supreme Court refused to be hurried into pronouncing its verdict on a government notification allowing the bull taming sport, jallikattu, before Pongal on Saturday.
A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra on Thursday termed “unfair” the plea made during mentioning hour by a group of lawyers. Justice Misra said the process of drafting the judgment had just begun and pronouncement would take time.
The notification, issued by the Centre on January 7 last year, had sought to circumvent an apex court ban on jallikattu in 2014.
The notification had re-introduced bulls into the fold of ‘performing animals’ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, thus giving an indirect nod to jallikattu , which the apex court had described as an act of “inherent cruelty.”
The apex court had stayed the notification on pleas by animal welfare activists.
Justice Misra also declined permission to file an application for an interim lifting of the stay on the government notification for Pongal.
The Tamil Nadu government had vehemently argued in favour of the notification, saying that it had introduced stringent controls over the conduct of the sport.
“For 30 seconds or 15 feet, whichever is longer, the bull runs and is embraced by a tamer. What is the cruelty in that?” the Tamil Nadu government had asked in the main hearings on the January 7 notification.
Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, for the Centre, had argued against “absolute prohibitionism” in the case of jallikattu .
The Centre had contended that jallikattu was inextricably linked to the rural life of Tamil Nadu.