Supreme Court refuses plea to direct govt to declare cow as national animal

Supreme Court said it would be better for the petitioner to withdraw his plea and it was finally dismissed as withdrawn

Updated - October 10, 2022 03:32 pm IST

Published - October 10, 2022 12:43 pm IST - New Delhi

The counsel for the petitioner submitted before the court that cow protection is very important. File

The counsel for the petitioner submitted before the court that cow protection is very important. File | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The Supreme Court on October 10 refused to entertain a plea to direct the government to declare the cow a national animal.

The Bengal tiger or the Panthera Tigris is recognised as India’s national animal.

“Is it this court’s job to declare the national animal?” a Bench led by Justices S.K. Kaul asked the petitioner.

“Cow protection is very important for the Indian Government… Its urine is used, cow dung is used for agricultural purposes. Cows have to be protected,” the petitioner lawyer argued vehemently.

“Why do you file such petitions where we are compelled to impose costs? Which fundamental right is affected? The law to be thrown to the winds because you come to court?” Justice Kaul asked.

But the counsel insisted that “we are getting everything from cows… let the government consider. I am not compelling”.

The court said it would be better for the petitioner to withdraw his plea.

The petition was finally dismissed as withdrawn.

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