MUMBAI: The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday refused to intervene within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company’s (BMC) determination to impose restrictions on the variety of animals to be sacrificed on the Deonar abattoir within the metropolis for Bakri Eid.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni mentioned that the state administration had imposed the restrictions conserving in thoughts the prevailing COVID-19 state of affairs.
The bench was listening to a bunch of petitions searching for, amongst different issues, that the BMC be directed to extend the variety of animals to be sacrificed on the abattoir over the subsequent three days.
As per the round issued by the civic physique on July 19, the Deonar abattoir will stay open between 6 am and 6 pm from July 21 to July 23, and 300 buffaloes or “large animals” might be permitted to be sacrificed on every of those three days.
The petitioners, nonetheless, sought that the BMC permit 700 to 1,000 large animals to be sacrificed per day for the subsequent three days.
Advocate Tanveer Nizam, the counsel for one of many petitioners, informed the courtroom that because the BMC had not given any prior indication that variety of animals to be sacrificed might be restricted, individuals had purchased a lot of animals to be sacrificed, and lots of of them might be overlooked now.
The Excessive Courtroom, nonetheless, requested, “Is not public well being above faith?” “That is completed conserving in thoughts the prevailing circumstances (the pandemic). Presumably subsequent time. In any other case, the administration won’t be able to handle,” the courtroom mentioned. Senior counsel Anil Sakhre, who appeared for the BMC, knowledgeable the courtroom that the restrictions on the variety of animals to be sacrificed within the metropolis had been imposed as a measure of “crowd management” on the abattoir.
“Final 12 months, it was 150 animals per day, this 12 months, 300 per day. Folks can come, supply sacrifice. That is to keep away from overcrowding,” Sakhre mentioned.
A call to restrict the timings and the variety of animals to be sacrificed was taken by the state authorities on July 2 conserving in thoughts the COVID-19 protocols, following which, the BMC issued its round.
“Now all of the festivals are beginning, for Hindus and Muslims. Ganpati and Navratri may even be there. We’re taking these precautions for the third wave,” the senior counsel mentioned.
The Excessive Courtroom took his submissions on document and mentioned that the restrictions have been the “determination of the manager”, and didn’t warrant any interference from the courtroom.