The Supreme Court has dismissed the Tamil Nadu government’s plea seeking review of its 2014 verdict banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state and bullock-cart races across the country.
The apex court said that there was no connection of jallikattu with the right to freedom of religion under the Constitution.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Rohinton F Nariman held that a judgment could not be faulted only because it referred to ancient texts and cultural ethos since they might give a holistic analysis in consonance with constitutional values.
Ancient texts such as Upanishads can certainly be relied upon by courts while deciding legal principles, said the Supreme Court.
“It is inconceivable that a bull which is a domestic animal should be tamed for entertainment and a wide ground can be put forth that it is not a ticketed show, but meant for celebrating the festival of harvest,” the bench said.
It added: “Such a celebration for giving pleasure to some, both the participating and the people watching it is such an act that is against the welfare of animals and definitely amount to treating the animal with cruelty.”