India's Supreme Court has lifted cow slaughter ban imposed by the central government in May. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India's Supreme Court stayed Madurai bench's order till further hearing.
Upholding the Madras High Court's interim stay of the Centre's notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter purpose, the Supreme Court today said that the stay will continue and will extend to the whole country.
"Needless to say that the interim direction issued by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court shall continue and extend to the entire country," the bench said.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the Centre's statement that it was reconsidering the notification and will include feedback and suggestions received from stakeholders.
"The ministry of environment and forests and other authorities concerned are looking into various suggestions and objections to the notifications and a fresh amended one will be renotified," news agency PTI quoted the additional solicitor general, P S Narasimha, as saying.
The central government had in May decided that animal markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production.
The Centre told the court that it would renotify the rules by the end of August after considering the objections.