Why TOI stands by its beef import report | India News
‘HC Stays Motion Towards 2 bringing meat to metropolis.’
The report, which TOI stands by, was based mostly on a Bombay Excessive Courtroom order of July 17 directing the police to not file chargesheet, if not already filed, towards the driving force and cleaner of a transport automobile for allegedly transporting beef into Maharashtra. The incident had taken place in December 2017.
Cow slaughter and sale of beef is prohibited beneath the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act.
The police at the moment didn’t inform the excessive courtroom of any forensic take a look at carried out to show that the meat was certainly beef. The transporter had claimed that the confiscated consignment was of buffalo meat and it was coming from Kolkata.
Readers who questioned the TOI report had forwarded copies of a forensic report which had discovered the meat to be beef. However no such report was introduced earlier than the excessive courtroom on July 17. Neither was a replica of the chargesheet introduced to the courtroom on the day.
The July 17 order additionally pointed to a 2016 excessive courtroom judgment that mentioned beef procured from exterior – not obtained from slaughtered cows in Maharashtra – isn’t an offence.
The HC order of July 17 is hooked up under:
As is obvious, it makes no point out of any chargesheet or a forensic report. TOI, due to this fact, stands by its July 28 report.
On Tuesday July 31, on the subsequent listening to, the prosecution knowledgeable the excessive courtroom chargesheet was filed within the Khalapur trial courtroom in June.
On Thursday, August 2, TOI accessed the chargesheet which encloses a forensic take a look at report of January 2018 which concluded that the meat was beef. The chargesheet additionally states that the Kolkata-based dealer, named as an extra (third) accused, allegedly cast challan paperwork to evade taxes and confirmed beef as buffalo meat.
The following listening to within the excessive courtroom will happen on August 22, and proceedings within the Khalapur trial courtroom have been stayed till August 23.