Approach Chief Secretary with representation: J&K High Court Plea seeking law prohibiting cow slaughter

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JAMMU: The Jammu & Kashmir High Court has disposed off a plea seeking direction to enact a law prohibiting slaughter of cows and its progeny, ox, bull, buffalo etc in the Union Territory of J&K by giving petitioner the liberty to approach Chief Secretary.
The Bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal specifically observed that it is settled law that no writ of mandamus would lie for issuing direction for enacting a particular law.
“The court cannot take upon the task of enacting the law itself or to issue any direction in this regard to any other authority as the same is only within the domain of the legislature of the Union Territory”, remarked the Court.
D. C. Raina, Advocate General has submitted that that the grievance of the petitioner can be taken care of by the Chief Secretary and as and when the legislature comes into existence, the matter can be brought to its notice for due consideration.
The plea, filed by an NGO named SAVE filed the instant public interest plea for commanding the respondents to enact a law prohibiting slaughter of cows and its progeny, ox, bull, buffalo etc in the UT of J&K and to make such an act of slaughtering of these animals a cognizable offence with strict punishment.
The Court observed that it did not deem it necessary to keep the petition pending and disposed off the same with liberty to the petitioner to raise his grievance before the Chief Secretary by submitting a comprehensive representation in that regard.