The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has imposed a ban on sale of beef in the state, media reported on Thursday.
The direction was passed Wednesday in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Parimoksh Seth seeking slaughter or killing of bovine animals an offence punishable under Section 298-A and possession of such slaughtered animal an act punishable under Section 298-B of the RPC.
A Division Bench of the top court in the state comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal passed the order.
After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi for the PIL whereas AAG Vishal Sharma appearing for the State, DB observed,
"Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has not filed an appropriate response regarding the smuggling and slaughtering of bovine animals and subsequently their sale especially in Kashmir valley," the bench observed.
The Bench also directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to ensure that appropriate directions are issued to all SSPs/SPs/SHOs for enforcement of ban.
"Strict action shall be taken in accordance with law against those who indulge in this activity," the Bench said.
It needs to be mentioned that Cow Slaughter Act already exists in the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir that bans the killing and sale of bovine animals.