New Delhi/ Eluru: The Bench of Chief Justice headed by the CJ, Justice Dipak Mishra, on Friday ordered a status quo regarding cockfights in the Telugu states directing officials not to conduct joint inspection or raids. The Chief Justice also directed that no 'arrests' of the birds should be made.
Revellers celebrate SC status quo on the game
he gambling network is very effective around these and an estimate tells us that last year around Rs 200 crore was involved in the game. This year it is expected to double with the active involvement of the politicians, both in power and out of it.
Meanwhile, West Godavari district administration and police officials are on the alert to ensure that cockfights organised strictly in accordance with the Supreme Court order. According to reports, the organisers of the cockfights are now making their arrangements in Vempa, Srirampuram villages of Bhimavaram mandal.
During the three-day festival of Sankranti, many rings are expected to be opened in upland and delta areas. After the Supreme Court verdict, the villagers of Vempa, Srirampuram in Bhimavaram rural mandal have expressed their joy by bursting crackers. They said that no knives in the cockfight and the traditional cockfight will go on.
West Godavari SP M Ravi Prakash said that the police administration will follow the directions of Andhra Pradesh High Court’s directions to stop the cockfight which were upheld by the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court directed not to arrest the rooster rearing persons and farmers as directed last year," he said.