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Slaughterhouses: SC slaps fine on MoEF for inapt response

The Supreme Court on Friday imposed Rs 1 lakh penalty on the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for failing to give an appropriate response to its query whether states have set up committees to oversee the functioning of slaughterhouses.

A Bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and NV Ramana, was irked by the reply that the response of the states had not been received as the letter, seeking information was sent only last month, while the order was passed in March 2015.

“The order was passed by this court in March last year and you are sending the letter, seeking information about the committees this year. You just tell us whether the state committees are functioning or not and whether any meeting of such panels has taken place or not,” the Bench said.

After the counsel failed to satisfy the Bench’s query, it imposed Rs 1-lakh fine on the ministry. The Bench has been hearing PILs filed by NGO Common Cause and People For Ethical Treatment of Animals (PRTA) in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
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