Animal markets, Mr Jaitley said, are meant for farmers and not traders. The existing laws are continuing and the notification has "nothing to do with state legislations" with regard to slaughter of cattle, he was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
"Every state has its own legislation or no legislation (with regard to slaughter of cattle). You have provision in the Constitution Article 48 (Directive Principles), which says certain category of animals have to be protected," PTI quoted Mr Jaitley as saying.
Prohibition of cow slaughter mentioned in Article 48 of the Constitution is not an enforceable article. It leaves the states free to have their own rules on cow slaughter and beef consumption.
Earlier this week, protests against the rule spread across some states. Chief Ministers of Kerala and Bengal accused the Centre of overstepping its limits and infringing on states' rights. As the protests swelled, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court suspended the rule for a month. Within this time, the court asked the Centre and the state governments to respond to the petitioner's contention that the order violates the basic right of a person to choose what he eats.
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