SRINAGAR: A three-judge bench has been formulated to look into the beef controversy running the state. The hearing that is to take on October 16 the bench will hear the plea on October 16. The contreversy has divided the state on communal lines with political outbursts from political parties casting a shadow on the PDP-BJP coalition.
The Supreme Court had on October 5 asked the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court to constitute a three-judge bench to resolve the beef ban issue after Division Benches of the HC — one in Srinagar and another in Jammu — were divided over the matter. The three-judge bench comprises Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan.
The Supreme Court on October 5 had asked the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to form a three-judge bench to examine the validity of penal provisions that bans slaughtering of cattle and sale of beef in the state.
Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy put on hold the order of the Jammu bench of the high court directing the police chief in the state to enforce the Ranbir penal code provisions banning beef in the state.
The court passed the order after noting the conflicting orders passed by the Jammu and Srinagar bench of the high court.
The Jammu bench had asked the police chief to enforce the ban while the Srinagar bench had issued notice challenging the validity of the provision banning beef.
The Srinagar bench had said that if the state legislature wanted to scrap or amend these provisions, then the pendency of the matter before it will not come in the way of the assembly.
The bench has been constituted after the Supreme Court kept in abeyance for two months the September 9 order of a Division Bench of the state High Court directing the police authorities to enforce the more than century-old beef ban in the state.