The clarification came after the bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud refused to pass further orders to stop cockfighting when it was submitted that a High Court direction is not being followed.
Gauri Maullekhi, a member of Animal Welfare Board, moved the Supreme Court to direct Andhra Pradesh government to implement its order banning cockfights.
She said that despite high court orders, cockfights have been taking place all over the state. “Preparations are going on in Rajahmundry, Anantapur, Amalapuram, Eluru, Vijayawada, Kothagudem.”
Although her request was denied by the Supreme Court, the ban on cockfighting remains.
The Hyderabad High Court earlier banned cockfighting and directed the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to ensure that no cockfight takes place during the Sankranti festival. The court eventually extended the ban on the whole and not just during the Sankranti festival.