Declare State vegetarian if unable to build abattoir in 8 years, remarks HC
If the State government can’t build an abattoir in eight years, it should declare Uttarakhand a vegetarian state. The high court division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice Alok Kumar Verma made this observation while hearing on a petition filed against the state’s failure to build abattoirs as ordered by the high court in 2011. The affidavit submitted by the urban development secretary was found to be unsatisfactory. The HC then issued contempt notice to the secretary and other officials concerned.
The court observed that the government had been unable to construct abattoirs as ordered in 2011 and is seeking more time even to file an affidavit. The affidavit submitted by the urban development secretary on Tuesday was not found satisfactory and hence withdrawn by the state which also sought time to submit a fresh affidavit. The division bench remarked that this is clearly contempt of the order issues by the court in 2011. It also issued show-cause notice to the urban development secretary, Nainital and Haridwar district magistrates, Haldwani municipal commissioner and executive officers of Manglaur and Ramnagar, seeking a reply within three weeks.
It will be recalled that in the past, the HC had ordered the district magistrates to investigate and submit a report on illegal slaughter houses and the meat being sourced from there. However, this report was not submitted in the court. Following this, the officials concerned were served a notice and directed to appear in the court in person. During 2011, the high court had directed the state government to shut down illegal slaughter houses in the state and to build slaughter houses as per the standards. The State had approached the Supreme Court against this order but has not received any relief yet from the apex court.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 | PNS | Nainital
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