The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Kejriwal led Delhi government’s response on a PIL seeking quashing of certain provisions of the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act that criminalises possession and consumption of beef in Delhi.
A division bench chaired by Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought response of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government till September 14. The plea was filed on May 4.
The court was entertaining a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO working for development of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, saying the “right to eat the food of one’s choice is an integral part of the right to life and liberty”.
The constitution restricts the state from making law towards enforcement of a particular religious practice, the plea said.
“The prohibition on possession and consumption of beef as under the Cattle Preservation Act is in violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioners and other persons similarly situated as it infringes their personal liberty,” it said.