AGARTALA | October 1, 2019:
BJP led government in Tripura on Monday said that the state govt will soon move the Supreme Court against the high court’s order on banning animal sacrifices in temples last week.
While talking to the media at state’s Civil Secretariat, Tripura law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state government respects the High Court decision but the matter is very sensitive and has evoked mixed reactions among the residents. They have decided to file a Special leave Petition in the Supreme Court over the order. A similar case of Himachal Pradesh is pending in the apex court. If the order comes from there, it will be smooth for us to implement it, he said.
Further, he spoke about Article 25 (1) of the Constitution which guarantees religious freedom of individuals, he said that religion is a personal issue. What an individual believe, is his religion. For Muslim, Christian and Buddhists, there is one prophet each. But Hindus have 33 crore deities. A Hindu, if he is an atheist, can opt for any choice. If anyone feels he will get punya (virtue) if he sacrifices a goat, it is his religion.
A Tripura high court’s division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and justice Arindam Lodh on September 27 ordered a ban on animal sacrifice in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by retired judge Subhash Bhattacharjee in 2018.
Earlier, the royal scion and ex-TPCC president, Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma said he would challenge the decision of the High Court of Tripura and file a petition in the Supreme Court.