JAMMU, March 2: In the highly publicized Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO “SAVE” (Save Animal Value Environment) through its President Devinder Kaur Madaan aka Rumpy Madaan requesting the closure of unregulated sites and unregistered/unregistered abattoirs/registered meat shops in UT of Jammu and Kashmir, a divisional bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma ordered Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Municipal Corporation to file a new comprehensive affidavit clearly indicating whether the existing slaughterhouses only need to be upgraded or some new slaughterhouses need to be built and what the current status is with respect to both issues.
After hearing Lawyer Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed for the PIL, the DB ordered the attendance of Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, who will appear fully prepared on the matter to assist the court.
“It is informed that in Jammu, two slaughterhouses, one at Dogra Hall and the other at Gujjar Nagar exist and efforts are being made to upgrade them. We do not know if, in addition to these abattoirs, there is a proposal to build a new modern abattoir in Jammu,” the DB said, adding that “the dossier also reveals that a modern abattoir is seeing day in Srinagar. which was to be completed within seven to eight months as per the previous order, but SS Nanda, Senior AAG informs that there is resistance from the locals and that the works must be stopped”.
The DB ordered Barrister Harshwardhan Gupta, representing Jammu Municipal Corporation and Senior AAG SS Nanda, appearing for Srinagar Municipal Corporation to submit a new comprehensive affidavit clearly stating whether only existing slaughterhouses are to be upgraded, or whether some new ones slaughterhouses need to be built and what is the actual state of affairs with regard to the two issues. The affidavit in this regard can be filed within two weeks.