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The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended to the whole country the Madras High Court’s order to put a hold on Centre’s notification banning sale of cattle for slaughter from animal markets.

“…the interim direction issued by the Madurai bench of the Madras high court shall continue and extend to the entire country,” the bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and justice DY Chandrachud said.

In response, the Centre said that it was not seeking a modification of the order of Madras High Court and it would revise the rules by August-end after considering the objections.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition that called the ban unfair and unconstitutional.

The Madras High Court had put the Centre’s rules on hold in Tamil Nadu for four weeks after hearing a petition that alleged a violation of the basic right of a person to choose his livelihood or what he eats.

The Centre had issued an order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The order led to protests in many states, especially in those where beef is a predominant food. The BJP faced the anger of its own leaders in states like Assam and Mizoram.

Opposition parties had accused the government of pushing RSS’ Hindutva agenda.

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