Two top officials have received a big blow under the belt after their role in the ongoing Beef Ban controversy has been brought under the limelight. The disengagement of Additional Advocate General, Jammu Vishal Sharma and Deputy Advocate General, Jammu Parimoksh Seth was ordered by the government Tuesday, with immediate effect.
The cause for the sacking stems down to the fact that while Seth was responsible for filing the Public Interest Litigation, he, for un known reasons handed Sharma the onus to appear on behalf of the state when the orders were passed by the High Court Jammu. Meanwhile, Sharma was given two weeks time to withdraw the PIL, he didn’t seem to budge away from his stand, leading to the sacking of two top officials. The State has also expressed qualms over the way the case was handled by Sharma.
On September 9, the day of hearing, Sharma had filed a PIL seeking re-implementation of Section 298-A and 298-B of the RPC which called for “strict compliance” with the “existing law” stating Ban on Beef Slaughter. Jammu wing of the High Court passed the ordered and called for reinstatement of the 156 year old law. Later on September 16, the division bench at High Court Jammu filed a writ petition challenging the constitutional legitimacy of the sections on which orders on beef ban were passed by the esteemed High Court. They even issued a notice, stating clearly that legislature cannot scrap or amend a law because of the petition was on hold for so long.
The order for Bovine Slaughter and sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir which was passed on September 9 has done much harm to the state and has divided the state on communal lines with frequent protests in various areas of Kashmir. While BJP wing of the Government stands with the order passed, the other half of the J&K Government wants the order to be sacked.