The petition comes weeks after the Madras High Court suspended the Central rule for a month in response to a plea that said it violated the fundamental right of a person to eat what he wants. Putting the rule on freeze for a month, the court asked the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to respond to the matter.
The cattle trade rule has triggered protests across various states in the south and the northeast, where beef is a staple.
The Chief Ministers of Bengal, Kerala and Goa have said the rule will interfere hugely with people's food preferences. Since the rule came into effect earlier this month, hundreds of 'beef parties' have been held in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
In the backdrop of the huge debate, Union minister and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu yesterday agreed that food is a matter of choice and that he himself is a non-vegetarian. "Some mad people keep on saying such things (BJP wanting to make everybody vegetarian). It is people's choice to eat whatever they want or don't want," Mr Naidu was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
The Centre has said the intention of the rule was not to interfere with food preferences. It was framed to address the larger issue of cruelty to animals.