Bombay high court declines to direct increase in Bakri Eid sacrifice at abattoir, says wait for better times | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Bombay High Court on Tuesday declined to direct an increase in the number of water buffaloes for Bakri Eid sacrifice from July 21-23 at the Deonar abattoir.
“This is about public health keeping in mind the prevailing conditions. Let us wait for better times. Otherwise, the civic administration will not be in a position to control (Covid-19 spread), ” said a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni. It heard two PILs direct BMC to allow sacrifice by issuing guidelines like last year.
Senior advocate Anil Sakhare, with advocate Joel Carlos, submitted a July 19 circular that permits 300 water buffaloes for slaughter between 6 am to 6 pm. He said after July 22 no more import licences will be given to bring more big animals into the city as already there are 900 inside the abattoir. But advocate A Siddiquie for a petitioner Al-Quraish Human Welfare Association said those inside the abattoir belong to retailers. He said after the State’s July 2 unlock guidelines online purchases were made and urged that the number of water buffaloes be increased.
“We are concerned with qurbani for those economically weak,’’ he said, adding that small traders have faced financial difficulties during the pandemic.
Sakhare said the decision was taken in keeping with the Covid protocols and to avoid overcrowding. “Last year we allowed 150. This year 300,” he added. He said the festival season has begun and even at Pandharpur, where lakhs go to on a walking pilgrimage, is restricted this year. Sakhare said Ganpati and Navratri are approaching.
“All this has to be controlled because of the third wave. We have to take precautions. Seven-eight districts are still in the red zone. We are not saying the second wave is over,” he added.
Siddiquie said last year Deonar was in the red zone and urged that the number be increased to 700. In their order, the judges said, “We are afraid that is entirely a decision within the executive domain and the court in the exercise of judicial review cannot grant such relief as sought for by the petitioner,” they added, adding that the primary grievance stands redressed. Disposing of the PIL, they directed BMC to ensure that there is proper implementation of the July 19 circular that provides for Covid appropriate behaviour to be followed.


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