The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear on October 5 a plea by the Jammu and Kashmir government to give finality to two contradictory judicial orders passed by the High Court on banning beef in the State.
The High Court’s Jammu Bench had early September issued directions to top police officials to strictly observe that there was no sale of beef in the State, and recommended strict action in cases of violation of the judicial order.
However, its Srinagar Bench subsequently issued notice on a separate plea to strike down the Ranbir Penal Code provision banning bovine slaughter.
In an urgent mention before a Bench led by CJI H.L. Dattu, the State, through senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, said the obviously contradictory orders were being used to whip up communal tensions.