Court refused to entertain Plea alleging Operation of Illegal Slaughterhouses in Delhi: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court, through learned judge, Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad in the case of Deepak Upadhyay v. State of NCT of Delhi & Ors. refused to entertain Plea alleging Operation of Illegal Slaughterhouses in Delhi

BRIEF FACTS: The petition was filed with an aim to ban the illegal slaughterhouses operating in the Delhi NCR region. The plea argued that the issue was of utmost importance in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and that the quality of meat being supplied in the market was one of the important factors to check the spread of such epidemics. The plea remarked “The Central Pollution Control Board has been piloting the efforts to get the problem of illegal slaughter houses addressed through the cooperation of all State Pollution Control Boards and other agencies having a role in this issue. However, the problem of illegal slaughtering and slaughter houses continues unabated in Delhi, thereby risking the life of the residents and exposing the entire  population to the threat of any future pandemic arising from meat being supplied, which may not be fit for human consumption”.

FINDINGS OF THE COURT:  The court was of the view that the petitioner failed to give appropriate details about the said illegal slaughterhouses. The judge orally remarked “You have not given one single example of any illegal slaughterhouse. You want us to do fishing and roving enquiry in the entire Delhi. Where is the list of slaughterhouses?”. The counsel appearing for the petitioner remarked that it was not possible to set out details of individual slaughterhouses present in local markets and hereafter sought liberty from the Court to withdraw the petition after some arguments and to file a fresh plea including necessary details.

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