HC allows bullock cart and pony races

TNN | Jan 9, 2014, 08.38 AM IST

MADURAI: The Madras high court Madurai bench has given the nod for bullock cart and pony racing events in Thanjavur during the Pongal festivities, albeit with conditions.

Disposing the petition, the division bench comprising justices R Sudhakar and V M Velumani passed orders permitting the races with conditions.

The conditions include not to ill-treat any bullock or pony; conducting the races in the zone being specified by the police and within the time limit; ensuring safety measures for the public, including the provision of first aid in the vicinity of the race area; intimating the Animal Welfare Board authorities about the race to enable them to oversee the race; and certifying the animals by the veterinary doctor.

The court also said that if there is any breach or violation of the above said conditions, police authorities are at liberty to take action as per law, including stopping the race.

One Meignanam of Peravurani in Thanjavur had filed a petition at the Madurai bench seeking direction to the Peravurani police inspector to give permission to conduct races on January 17 and 18 during the Pongal festival on the basis of his representation dated December 31.

During hearing, the government side told that the road was not conducive for the said race and on account of work that has been taken up for repairing the road, permission was refused.

To this, the petitioner vehemently pleaded that permission should be granted at least on an alternative route and they will ensure the safety of the animals and safeguard the public from all forms of danger.

This news article has been reproduced from ‘The Times of india’ – Madurai (Online) Edition.

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