New Delhi, Jan 12: The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a petition which wanted the court intervention to allow Jellikattu, bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court had banned the sport in 2014 on the ground of cruelty towards animals. In November, last year, the Court had dismissed the state government’s plea for a review of its 2014 judgment.
The court turned down the plea at a time political parties and people of Tamil Nadu have been expecting the sport during the Tamil cultural festival Pongal, dated for January 14, next Saturday.
The court said it was “unfair of the petitioner to ask the bench to pass an order” in this regard before Saturday, although a draft of the judgment has already been prepared. Considering that Jallikattu was slated for next week, the development makes it impossible for the government to hold the sport this year.
The Supreme Court’s statement comes a day after the Centre said “things are ready” on its side, and that it will wait for the order of the court which it hoped will do justice so that people can celebrate festival as per tradition.
Earlier this week, ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK had urged the Centre to take steps to review the ban on jellikattu. Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had said the state would take steps to conduct the sport across rural areas in the state.
“Myself and the the Tamil Nadu government, who follow in the footsteps of Amma will ensure that Jallikattu is held. We will not back off even a bit. I would like to assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will uphold the heritage and culture of the Tamils,” he said.
AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala also wrote a letter to PM Modi Wednesday, underlining that the ban on the sport had sparked resentment in the state.
On Wednesday, a delegation of AIADMK MPs submitted t a memorandum seeking to remove “bulls’’ from the list of performing animals through an ordinance for smooth conduct of Jallikattu this year. The delegation said that any changes in the list of performing animals solely “rest with the Central government” and it is “wrong” to wait for Supreme Court’s ruling on the issue.
The delegation of MPs submitted a memorandum regarding the issue to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to the PM, and demanded that “bulls” be removed from the list of performing animals through an ordinance.