Pleas against jallikattu, bullock cart races referred to constitute bench

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The apex court on Friday has referred the Jallikttu cases in regards to its bull-taming sport to the Constitution bench.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Juustice RF Nariman bench had framed five questions to be adjudicated on by the Constitution bench.

While giving the orders, Justice Nariman said "We have arranged five questions for the Constitution bench."

Jallikattu, which is also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport that is played just in Tamil Nadu, through the nation, as part of the Pongal harvest festival.

On which the top court had earlier on 12 December last year said that it would refer to a five-judge constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra laws for allowing such activities.

However, while reserving its order, it had said the larger bench would take the action on whether states have the "legislative competence" to make such laws on grounds, including that 'jallikattu' and bullock cart racing fell under the cultural rights enshrined under Article 29(1) and can be protected constitutionally.

The state laws have been challenged in the apex court after Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and allowed jallikattu and bullock cart racing.

Supreme Court had dismissed the TN government’s plea that had a request of reviewing the 2014 judgement which banned judgment of using bulls for jallikattu in the state and bullock cart races across India.

2014 judgment had said that bulls cannot be used for performing, either for jallikattu events or bullock-cart races anywhere in India.

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