Bombay HC Directs Police To Take Action Against Illegal Cow Slaughter And Meat Sale [Read Order]
"However, when such shops open up and do business, police authorities or municipal authorities should not wait for a complaint. They have to immediately proceed further and take action as per law."
The Bombay High Court has directed the police to take action in all complaints received against illegal animal slaughter and sale of such meat in the state.
The bench comprising Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice Revati Mohite Dere was disposing of petitions which complained of police laxity in dealing with complaints against illegal slaughter and sale of meat.
The bench said: "When such shops open up and do business, police authorities or municipal authorities should not wait for a complaint. They have to immediately proceed further and take action as per law. The municipal authorities can verify whether these shop owners/shop keepers have got necessary authorizations and licenses. They could also seize meat and proceed further against the owner to see that offence is not repeated in future."
The bench also asked the police to maintain list of persons who are found frequently indulging in such unauthorized illegal business. It also suggested providing check-posts at border so that meat itself cannot reach the city.
While disposing of the plea, the bench made its earlier orders in these petitions absolute. The court had earlier directed Deputy Commissioners of Police to come up with an action plan in respect of what they propose to do with complaints against illegal cow slaughter.