The Rajasthan High Court on Friday emphasized that a person cannot be deprived from following the "Indian tradition" of keeping one or two cows in his residence, for personal use of milk.
The remarks have been made in a petition filed by one Radheyshyam who had alleged that his keeping of a cow in his residence for personal use was being treated as running a dairy farm/ Gaushala by the local municipal authorities.
The petition was filed seeking restoration of electricity and water connection of his residence, on the ground that keeping one cow for personal use doesn't amount to maintaining a Gaushala.
The court was also of a prima facie opinion that if any citizen keeps a cow or buffalo or any other pet/animal in his house for his personal use, it cannot be a ground to disconnect the electricity and water connection of his residence.
"Keeping of cow for personal use of milk has been an old traditional way of life in India and no person can be deprived or denied to follow this old tradition. It cannot be said that keeping one or two cows at home would amount to having cattle farm or within the meaning of Gaushala," the bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma observed.
The court has thus issued notices to the Respondent authorities with an interim direction to reconnect the electricity and water connection of the Petitioner.
Case Title: Radheyshyam v. Jaipur Nagar Nigam & Ors.
Case No.: CWP No. 5604/2020
Quorum: Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma
Appearance: Advocates Kapil Bhardwaj and Rishi Raj Maheshwari (for Petitioner); Additional Govt Counsel Bharat Saini (for Respondent)
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