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Supreme Court to hear PETA plea prohibiting Karnataka's buffalo race festival, Kambala

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on 12 February a plea by PETA seeking to prohibit the buffalo race — Kambala — that is held in Karnataka during festivities that coincide with the Pongal celebrations.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud on Tuesday agreed to hear the plea by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as the NGO's lawyer, Arunima Kedia, mentioned the matter for an early hearing.

Kedia told the court that the Karnataka government had issued an ordinance conferring sanctity to Kambala, which has since lapsed.

The court was told that a Bill backing Kambala was passed by the Karnataka Assembly and was pending assent by the President.

A bench of Chief Justice Misra and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman had on 12 December, 2017, asked the Karnataka government to respond to the PETA plea in three weeks and gave another two weeks to the NGO to file a rejoinder.


Published Date: Feb 06, 2018 15:15 PM | Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018 15:15 PM

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