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SC upholds cow slaughter ban

Updated: October 26, 2005, 11:23 AM IST
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New Delhi: Cow slaughter in Gujarat is now illegal.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the ban on cow slaughter in Gujarat passed by the Gujarat High Court in 1994.

It was protested by traders and exporters and in 1998, the Gujarat High Court had passed an order stating that a ban on cow slaughter was unconstitutional. Now the Supreme Court has set aside this order.

The Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat, led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, re-imposed the ban in 2003 with Congress? support.

A seven-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice RC Lahoti, backed the case of the Gujarat government that the ban was in public interest and showed compassion to living creatures.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict was "very significant" for those who believe in non-violence and "it would have a major impact on our national life."

"Our Constitution provides for cow protection. Mahatma Gandhi also used to advocate it. But unfortunately it (ban on cow slaughter) was not done due to vote bank politics. The Gujarat Government had banned it and we are victorious today," Modi said.

The VHP also termed the apex court verdict as "heartening" for Hindus throughout the world.

First Published: October 26, 2005, 11:23 AM IST

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