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Pradyot Kishore Deb Burman to move supreme court against the high court order banning animal sacrifice in Tripura

He said he is not favour of animal sacrifice since childhood however the way High court came out with a judgment is not proper. “I am going to apex court challenging the High Court’s decision”.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 01, 2019, 09.09 AM IST
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The Superintendent of Police of all the districts shall also ensure strict implementation of the order. Such officers shall be personally liable for implementing the orders.
Guwahati: Scion of Royal family of Tripura and former Pradesh Congress President Pradyot Kishore Deb Burman announced that he will move Supreme Court against the Tripura High Court judgement banning animal sacrifice in the temples.

He said he is not favour of animal sacrifice since childhood however the way High court came out with a judgment is not proper. “I am going to apex court challenging the High Court’s decision”.

The court’s judgement just came ahead of the Durga Puja festival where in several temples animal sacrifices takes place as part of the ritual.

It is a part of the Ritual to sacrifice buffalo, goats and birds. Even in Diwali animal sacrifice takes places in Tripureswari temple and Kamleswari temple.

Pradyot said High Court cannot interfere with customs and traditions. Pradyot stated, "The high court cannot override the provisions of the merger agreement which was signed on October 15, 1949 between Regent Maharani Kanchan Prabha Devi and the governor general of India."

The Royal family scion also held discussion with civil society organisations on the ban.

A division bench of high court of Tripura on Friday last stated that no person including the State shall be allowed to sacrifice of any animal/bird within the precincts of any one of the temples within the State of Tripura.

The bench comprises with Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh passed the order while hearing the public interest litigation filed by a former judicial service officer Subhas Bhattacharjee last year stated no person shall sacrifice such animal within the precincts of any of the temples within the State of Tripura.

The bench order directing Chief Secretary of Tripura, district magistrates and superintendent of police of all eight districts of the state to take necessary action to comply with the decision.

The petitioner mentioned that there has been a tradition of state sponsored animal sacrifice in Mata Tripureswari temple at Udaipur and Durgabari temple in Agartala. And there are a number of temples have the tradition of sacrificing animal to please the God and Goddess, which is contradictory to the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The order stated Government of Tripura has proposed development of Devi Tripuresrwari temple as a favourite international tourist destination. People of all beliefs and faiths are likely to visit in large number. Anyone of the devotees desirous of offering any animal out of personal faith, belief or desire, may do so, but, shall take back the animal.

The order stated the Government can earmark land for opening shelter home for rearing such livestock. District Magistrate & Collectors of the respective districts and more specifically, District Magistrate & Collector, Gomati District, Udaipur as also District Magistrate & Collector, West Tripura District, Agartala under whose jurisdictions Devi Tripureswari temple and Chatur Das Devata temple are situate, respectively, shall forthwith take action for ensuring implementation of the orders;

The Superintendent of Police of all the districts shall also ensure strict implementation of the order. Such officers shall be personally liable for implementing the orders.

The court ordered the Chief Secretary, Government of Tripura shall also ensure compliance of the order. Also he shall ensure that at least in two temples i.e Devi Tripureswari temple and Chatur Das Devata temple in Tripura, where act of animal sacrifice is carried out profusely, CC TV cameras are installed forthwith; every month he shall have a soft copy of such video recording placed on this file, such video recording of the temple(s) shall form part of record of the present petition and shall be constituted as part of the record of the appeal preferred, if any, by any person, including the State.

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