Allahabad High Court: UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act being misused against Innocent Persons; Any Recovered Meat is shown as Beef

The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed concern over frequent misuse of the provisions of Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, for implicating innocent persons.
While hearing the bail application of one Rahmuddin, accused of cow slaughter and sale of beef under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the said Act, the Single Bench of Justice Siddharth observed,
“Act is being misused against innocent persons. Whenever any meat is recovered, it is normally shown as cow meat (beef) without getting it examined or analyzed by the Forensic Laboratory. In most of the cases, meat is not sent for analysis. Accused persons continue in jail for an offence that may not have been committed at all and which is triable by Magistrate Ist Class, having maximum sentence upto 7 years.”
The remarks were made after the Bench was informed that the accused-Applicant had been in jail for over a month even when allegedly, there is no allegation against him in the FIR. It was also alleged that the Applicant was not arrested from the spot.
Thus, considering the material on record, the Court allowed the Applicant’s bail plea on his furnishing a personal bond and two sureties each of the like amount to the satisfaction of the court concerned, and subject to other bail conditions, as prescribed.
The High Court observed that in terms of the larger mandate of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and in accordance with the Supreme Court’s verdict in Dataram Singh v. State of UP & Anr., (2018) 3 SCC 22, a case for bail is made out.

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