Agartala, November 9, 2019:

The Supreme Court on Friday admitted the Tripura Government’s plea challenging the High Court ban on animal sacrifice in the temples of the state.

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After admitting the state government plea, the Supreme Court also served notice to Subhash Bhattacharjee, who had filed the PIL to stop animal sacrifice in the State.

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The Supreme Court also imposed a stay order of the Tripura High Court’s verdict on animal sacrifice. It is notable that, a divisional bench of the High Court of Tripura pronounced a judgement banning animal sacrifice in the state.

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Accordingly, the temples of the state have been directed not to indulge in animal sacrifice. The bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Loadh pronounced the judgement. The order is to be implemented in every temple of the state with immediate effect.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to ban animal sacrifice in various temples of the state was filed in 2018 by Subhash Bhattacharjee, a former judge of Tripura District and Session Court at the High Court.

The petition filed by the retired judicial officer, in public interest, highlighted the sacrifice of animals before the Goddess and other Gods and Goddesses and in particular, at two main temples i.e. Mata Tripureswari Devi Temple and Chatur Das Devata Temple, situated within the State of Tripura.

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