SC judge Indu Malhotra recuses from hearing Maharashtra beef ban case
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SC judge Indu Malhotra recuses from hearing Maharashtra beef ban case

By Business Standard calender  21-Oct-2019

SC judge Indu Malhotra recuses from hearing Maharashtra beef ban case

Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra on Monday recused herself from hearing a plea challenging a Bombay High Court order which decriminalised the possession of beef if animals slaughtered outside Maharashtra. While recusing herself from the matter, she said that she had earlier represented a party in the case as a lawyer.
A bench headed by Justice A M Sapre said the petitions will be listed before an appropriate bench by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for referring the entire matter to a constitution bench. The Bombay High Court had on May, 2017 upheld the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks imposed by the Maharashtra government but had decriminalised the possession of beef in case the animals were slaughtered outside the state.
A clutch of petitions and cross-petitions are pending in the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court's order. Senior advocate Indira Jaising represents 30 individuals from Maharashtra led by activist Swatija Paranjpe who have demanded the lifting of a ban on beef and decriminalisation of food habits.

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