The ban on animal sacrifice in temples of Tripura is an overreach of jurisdiction, former royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman Credit: File image

Agartala: Two days after the High Court of Tripura pronounced the judgment to ban animal sacrifice in temples of the state, royal scion and former Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman on Sunday said that he would move the Supreme Court against the order.

Speaking with EastMojo, DebBarman said that he was happy that it happened but it should have been done through a consultative process with stakeholders agreeing to it.

The recent HC judgment on the ban over animal sacrifice in temples of Tripura is an overreach of jurisdiction, DebBarman said. “I am personally an animal lover, I don’t believe in large-scale sacrifice of animals and opulence because it is inhuman and animals should be slaughtered in a human way,” he added.

We can limit the level of animal sacrifice, but the high court to come out and to tell us to stop animal sacrifice is an overreach of its jurisdiction. “If the courts had asked the society, priest, and stakeholders to come out with a solution so that the number can be reduced and practiced in a human way, I would have completely gone with it,” DebBarman said.

He also questioned the court if they would pass a similar judgment over Eid.

“I certainly doubt it, but when it comes to our tradition, they have always been inconvenient. For a court to decide what we do and what not is completely overreach of jurisdiction,” DebBarman asserted.

He also wrote on his Twitter handle, “Moving the SC to challenge the order of the Tripura High Court on the ban of Animal Sacrifice in our temples. While I believe that opulence and mass slaughter of animals in temples is not required, the HC cannot interfere in customs, culture and have gone beyond their jurisdiction.”

He also asked for views and suggestions from religious heads, civil society on how to offer a more human solution to the Supreme Court on how to limit the level of animal sacrifice in our temples.

Earlier, speaking with EastMojo, DebBarman said that the High Court of Tripura has overruled the provision of the merger agreement that was signed between Maharani Kanchan Prabha Devi and the governor-general of India on October 15, 1949.

According to the merger agreement, the state government was to continue the sponsorship of 14 temples, including animal sacrifice in all the temples where it had been practised in the past by the princely state.

Earlier, the High Court on Friday, in a historic judgment, pronounced the ban over the animal sacrifice across the temples in the state.

The divisional bench of the HC comprising Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh was hearing the PIL filed by a retired judge of Tripura District and Sessions Court Subhash Bhattacharjee.

The court, in its order, said, “No person shall sacrifice such animals within the precincts of any of the temples within the state of Tripura.”

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