February 2, 2018
The buffalo racing sport, Kambala, will continue in Karnataka for now, as the Supreme Court on Monday refused to stop it saying it will hear the matter in March this year.
‘Kambala’ starts from December & continues till March. It coincides with the Pongal festivities.
As Senior Counsel Siddharth Luthra urged the Apex Court that it should step in & stop the race, which’ is now scheduled for 18th February CJI Dipak Misra said “races will take place next year also”.
Urging the Court to stop Kambala, Luthra appearing for the NGO People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told the bench that an ordinance backing Kambala has lapsed & there was no statutory regime supporting the animal sport.
Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand also informed the bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar & Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, that the Karnataka Law bestowing sanctity to Kambala was pending before the President for his assent.
The Court then directed the final hearing on PETA’s plea to 12th March.