Hyderabad, June 10, 2017: Days after Rajasthan HC recommended the Centre to declare cow as a national animal, a Hyderabad High Court judge on Friday called the cow a “sacred national wealth” which is a “substitute to Mother and God”.
After dismissing the petition of a cattle trader from whom 63 cows and two bulls were captured, Justice B Siva Sankara Rao quoted from a Supreme Court order and said that it is a settled legal position that Muslims do not have the fundamental right to demand the slaughter of healthy cows for Bakra-Eid.
The judge stated that those vets who certify healthy cows as unfit should be booked under the penal net of the AP Cow Slaughter Act, 1977.
In Andhra and Telangana, cows can be slaughtered if they are approved to be old and unproductive. He also called for an amendment to the act, asking for such offences to be made non-bailable and cognisable.
The Hyderabad HC has given a month’s time to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana govt to make the act of mischievously killing or maiming cattle a non-bailable offence by amending Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code.