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HC notice on Maneka's plea for closure of illegal slaughter houses

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New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Delhi Government on a letter written by Lok Sabha member Maneka Gandhi seeking direction to the authorities for ethical treatment to the animals and closure of 15,000 illegal slaughter houses in the Capital.

A division bench headed by Justice M K Sharma asked the Chief Secretary of Delhi to file an interim report within three weeks after looking into the allegations.

Ms Gandhi in a letter to Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain said that the authorites have flouted the High Court order of 2000 by permitting 15,000 illegal slaughter houses in Delhi.

Every day more than 300 trucks were entering the city with cattleheads including cows, buffaloes, calves, goats and pigs for the illegal slaughter houses, the letter said.

The cattleheads were being offloaded in residential areas, where these illegal business had been operating in alleged connivance with the police, the letter said.

Despite strict order to carry only four cows or buffaloes, the trucks were carrying more than 20 big cattleheads, alleged Ms Gandhi, a member of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

At least two TV channels had shown the pitiable and pathetic conditions of the cattleheads on May 7, 2005, she said.

Justice Jain marked the matter to the division bench of Justice Sharma after taking cognizance of the letter as a petition.

Adjourning the matter till August two, the Court said the Lt Governor had also constituted a committee to look into the matter and the state government would submit detailed findings of it.

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