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‘Neil Armstrong’ gets permission to slaughter goat in HC courtroom ahead of Bakri-Eid

The matter came to light during a hearing of a petition in the High Court recently wherein the petitioner had challenged the online permissions granted by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation for animal slaughter ahead of Bakri-Eid

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The Hush Post: The Mumbai Municipal Corporation had recently granted a license to ‘Neil Armstrong’ to slaughter goats, and that too in the courtroom of Bombay High Court.  Besides ‘Armstrong,’ the same kind of permission was given to one Shaun Vaz and a Bar member to kill goats in the courtroom.

The matter came to light during a hearing of a petition in the High Court recently wherein the petitioner had challenged the online permissions granted by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation for animal slaughter ahead of Bakri-Eid.

The Bench of Justices Abhya S Oka and Rijaz L Chagla was in for a surprise when NGO Jiv Maitri Trust, the appellant, informed it that permits were so easily available online that anybody could avail them.  What was even more shocking is that these permissions were also granted to Bar members to slaughter animals inside the courtrooms.

According to legal reporting website, Bar & Bench, the court order read, “Shockingly, the learned Counsel appearing for the Petitioner produced copies of two permissions which are taken on record. One permission is granted today to one Neil Armstrong (probably a dummy) permitting him to slaughter five goats in Room No. 13 of this Court. One more permission has been granted to one Shaun Vaz to slaughter five goats in Room No. 13 of this Court”.

“… the learned Counsel appearing for the Petitioner states that now it is revealed that a member of the Bar has been granted permission to slaughter four goats even in Room No. 52 of this Court, ” the order said further.

The court ruled that Mumbai Municipal Corporation had granted the online permissions without any application of mind and directed that the municipal authorities stop the grant of such licences forthwith.

The court also reminded that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, permitted slaughter of animals only in recognised/licensed slaughterhouses.

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