The Supreme Court turned down a request to order the Center to designate the cow as a national animal. The petitioner was questioned by a panel of Justices S K Kaul and Abhay S Oka on which basic right was in jeopardy.
The bench said that “Is this the job of the court? Why do you file such petitions where we are compelled to impose costs? Which fundamental right is violated? Should we throw law to the winds because you come to court?”.
Cow protection is crucial, the petitioner’s attorney argued in front of the court. The counsel withdrew the plea, and the case was dismissed as withdrawn when the bench indicated it would levy costs.
Earlier, in September, Allahabad high court said cow protection should be made a fundamental right of Hindus and declared the national animal while declaring bail to a Muslim man arrested under Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act. The court said cows were an integral part of Indian culture and the Central government should frame laws accordingly.
“We know that when a country’s culture and its faith get hurt, the country becomes weak,” Justice Shekhar Yadav said.
“The cow has been shown as an important part in India’s ancient texts like the Vedas and the Mahabharata that define Indian culture and for which India is known”
According to a report in LiveLaw, the court observed “fundamental right is not only the prerogative of beef eaters, rather, those who worship the cow and are financially dependent on cows, also have the right to lead a meaningful life, adds, the right to life is above the right to kill and the right to eat beef can never be considered a fundamental right”.