The Punjab and Haryana High Court has recently dismissed a PIL, alleging violation and non-implementation of the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the rules made thereunder, as withdrawn.
The PIL has been filed by one Shreya Paropkari and another. The Division Bench of Justice Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli found find the petition general in nature and omnibus without disclosing any particular/specific instance of alleged violation.
When confronted with the same, the counsel for the petitioners submitted that he may be permitted to withdraw the petition with liberty to file a detailed representation before the authority in accordance with law. Therefore, the Court allowed the petitioners to withdraw the PIL with the aforesaid liberty.
This Court is sanguine that in case the petitioners approach the respondent authorities by filing any such representation, they shall consider and decide the same in accordance with law.
However, it is clarified by the Court that it has not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case, and the respondent authorities would be at liberty to examine the matter keeping all facts and facets into consideration and thereafter accept or reject the same in accordance with law.