Supreme Court to Hear Petitions Against Lifting of Jallikattu Ban

The pleas were filed by Animal Welfare Board of India, PETA India and Bangalore-based NGO.

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Petitions regarding Jallikattu to be heard in SC on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

The Supreme Court will hear petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to lift a ban on the bull taming sport, Jallikattu, played during the Tamil festival of Pongal. The decision was challenged on Monday.

The petitions seeking urgent hearing on the issue were mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, which agreed to hear it on Tuesday.

The pleas were filed by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and a Bangalore-based NGO.

The four-year-old ban on the holding of Jallikattu was lifted, with certain restrictions, on January 8 by the Modi government in poll-bound Tamil Nadu.

The decision to allow Jallikattu, days before the traditional harvest festival Pongal begins along with bullock cart races in other parts of the country, had come through a government notification despite strong objections by animal rights groups.

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