Mumbai: In the latest verdict on Beef ban in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court on Friday upheld the ban on beef imposed by the state government. However, the court struck down the Act that criminalises possession of beef brought from outside the state.
In its order, the court said that the state government’s decision to ban slaughter of bullocks will continue but the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which criminalises possession of beef brought from outside Maharashtra was struck down.
The Maharashtra government enforced a beef ban over an year ago following President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which in addition to banning slaughter of cows, prohibited possession and slaughter of bulls and bullocks and consumption of beef.
Under the new Act, slaughter of livestock was to attract a five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine while possession of meat would attract one-year in jail and Rs 2,000 fine.