HC directs MCD to pay for the maintenance of stray cows

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New Delhi, Jan 18 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Government (NCT) to pay the maintenance charges of the stray cows which were seized by them and sent to the gaushalas.

A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and S N Aggarwal observed that according to their order passed on August 31, 2007, the MCD was directed to improve the conditions of gaushalas. By another order, the MCD was directed to remove the menace of stray cows from the roads of the capital but a gaushala 'Pinjrapol' has alleged that the MCD and NCT have not taken any steps to implement their orders.

The gaushala has alleged that MCD had captured 100 cows from the roads and housed them in their gaushala with a promise to pay the maintenance charges of these cows. Mr Bansal, lawyer for the gaushala said MCD and NCT had promised to pay Rs 25 per cow per day but till now, dispite 100 cows being sent by the agency to their gaushala, no aid has been given to them.

Justice T S Thakur told the MCD lawyer ''Why don't you pay them the money. How will the cows exist? This is a gaushala and not a dharamshala.'' The bench directed the MCD and the NCT to release the amount due for the upkeep of the cows immediately and ensure their good upkeep to protect the religous sentiments of people.

UNI SNG BDP AS1855

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