Agartala: A month after the High Court of Tripura imposed a blanket ban on the sacrifice of animals across temples in the state, the Supreme Court imposed a stay order on the verdict until further orders.
Speaking with reporters, Tripura law secretary Gautam Debnath said, “Three days after the High Court imposed the ban over the animal sacrifice in temples, we had filed a special leave petition (SPL) in the Supreme Court.”
“The court on Friday imposed a stay order on the verdict of the Tripura High Court until further order,” Das added.
Earlier on September 27, the divisional bench of the HC comprising of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh after hearing a PIL filed by a retired judge of Tripura district and sessions court Subhash Bhattacharjee had imposed ban over animal sacrifice.
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.”
The government of Tripura has proposed the development of Devi Tripureswari temple as a favourite international tourist destination. People of all beliefs and faiths are likely to visit in large numbers.
The court also suggested that the government can earmark land for opening shelter home for rearing such livestock.
“The chief secretary 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, CCTV cameras are installed forthwith, every month he shall have a soft copy of such video recording placed on this file,” the court order further read.
The royal scion and former Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman 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 the large-scale sacrifice of animals and opulence because it is inhuman and animals should be slaughtered in a human way,” he added.