TN Govt. can promulgate ordinance revoking ban on Jallikattu: Rohtagi

| Updated: Jan 20, 2017 23:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 20 (ANI): Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday said the Tamil Nadu Government has the authority to promulgate an ordinance to lift the ban on Jallikattu and added that the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals Act, 1960, is under the Concurrent List of the Constitution which gives equal powers to both the state and the Centre to frame a law. "It is possible for the state of Tamil Nadu to frame a law and seek presidential assent which will signify the consent of the Centre in making the law. If they wish to make an ordinance, they can also make an ordinance by which they could amend the Central law with consent of the President of India which means the Central Government, these are the options available," Rohtagi told the media here. He, however, said that the conflict between the state and Centre over the amending the law would arise only if the latter has framed the law which would be superior and the state's law will be inferior. "And if this situation happens then the Centre has to consent through the state to make a law and if that is done then superiority and inferiority conflict does not arise," he added. Rohtagi further said both the state and the Centre are working in tandem to find out easy and fast resolution and assured it will be found in the next 24 to 48 hours. The Tamil Nadu Government has been repeatedly urging the Centre to issue an ordinance for the bull taming sport, which is held during the Tamil harvest festival Pongal. The Supreme Court, which had banned the sport in 2014, today agreed not to pass any interim order for a week. The apex court had earlier in its order banned Jallikattu by terming it as a 'cruelty' to the animal. Urging the protestors to end their protest, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has said that Jallikattu will return to the state in a couple of days through an ordinance or executive order that will be reviewed by President Pranab Mukherjee. (ANI)