Jallikattu: Chronology of cases and decisions

Date: January 24, 2017

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Tamil Nadu Assembly has unanimously passed an amendment bill to conduct Jallikattu without any hindrance. The bill replaces the ordinance promulgated two days ago. It amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and defines jallikattu as an event involving bulls conducted with a view to following tradition and culture from January to May and includes similar events like 'manjuvirattu 'vadamaad' and yerudhu vidum festivals. The Bill was unanimously adopted by the House.


2006: Madras high court unilaterally banned Jallikattu while hearing an unrelated writ petition seeking permission to conduct rekla (bullock Cart) race.

2009: the Tamil Nadu government passed regulation of Jallikattu Act (TNRJA) giving conditional permission for holding Jallikattu between January and May of any year.

November 2010: the Supreme court also gave conditional permission to Jallikattu under the provision of TNRJA for a period of five months starting 15 January of any year.

July 11, 2011: the ministry of environment and forest under Jairam Ramesh of the Congress banned the use of bulls as performing animals, effectively banning the traditional sport of Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu.

May 7, 2014: the Supreme Court struck down the TNRJA, banning the sport altogether, when UPA was still in power.

January 2016: the ministry of environment, forest and climate change under Modi government amended the 2011 notification, allowing Jallikattu and Bullock cart races across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat with specific conditions.

May 2016: The congress party in its manifesto for Tamil Nadu elections in 2016, promised to ban Jallikattu if voted to power.

July 2016: the Supreme Court on a petition filed by animal welfare board and PETA represented by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress Spokesperson, overturned the Modi government's decision and once again banned Jallikattu.