The Hon’ble Tripura High Court has held that sacrifice of an animal in a temple, not being an essential part of religion, is violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

Further it was held that the age long practice of a sacrifice of animal, either by the State or by an individual, cannot be said to be an essential part of the religion and as such, is not protected under Article 25(1) for it being against the principle/doctrine of morality and health, as also provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960. Withdrawal of such practice would not tantamount to any change, fundamental in character of the religion. Right to freedom of religion is subject to the rigours of public order, morality, health and the other provisions of Part-III. Sacrifice of an animal in a temple, not being an essential part of religion, is also violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

In the view of the court, Constitutional values are to be embraced and not to be superseded by personal beliefs. Religious practice, not being an integral and essential part of religion cannot override the provisions, specifically Section 3 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and other provisions of Part III, Part IV and Part IVA of the Constitution. Section 28 of the Prevention Act merely makes killing for a religious purpose not a punishable crime and more so in the light of the Article 25 does not make it permissible to commit such acts in the temple. Section 28 of the Prevention Act has to be interpreted in the light of Article 21, 48, 48A, 51A(g), 51A(h) and 51(A)(i) of the Constitution.

 

CASE IN QUESTION:

SUBHAS BHATTACHARJEE V. THE STATE OF TRIPURA

(WRIT PETITION(C)(PIL) NO.2/2018) TRIPURA HIGH COURT

 

Being aggrieved by the decision of the Hon’ble High Court of Tripura, the State has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court of India.

Prepare Closing Arguments on behalf of

The State of Tripura as Petitioner challenging the judgment

Or

Subhas Bhattacharjee as Respondant defending the judgment

In The Special Leave Petition (SLP)

 

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