"The Director General of Police in the meantime is directed to ensure that appropriate directions are issued to all the senior police officials of various police districts so that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state and strict action is taken in accordance with law against those who indulge in it," a division bench has observed.
The direction came from the bench comprising justice members Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Janak Raj Kotwal on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Parimoksh Seth. The PIL demanded that slaughtering or killing of bovine animals be made an offence punishable under section 298-A and possession of such slaughtered animal an act punishable under section 298-B of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).(Ban on Beef in Maharashtra: 5 Years Jail, Rs.10,000 Fine for Sale & Possession)
After hearing the counsel from both sides, the bench observed, "Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has not filed an appropriate response regarding the smuggling and slaughtering of bovine animal and subsequent their sale especially in Kashmir Valley".
The court also posted the matter for listing after after four weeks.