The legal tangle

Print edition : February 17, 2017

On March 29, 2006, Justice R. Bhanumathi, then of the Madras High Court, directed the State to take immediate steps to ban jallikattu, rekla race, bull race or any other entertainment involving cruelty to animals. Photo: V. Ganesan

Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and P.P.S. Janardhana Raj, who constituted the Madras High Court Division Bench that in 2007 set aside Justice Banumathi's order banning jallikattu. Photo: K. Ganesan

On May 7, 2014, a Supreme Court bench set aside the Madras High Court's verdict and imposed a total ban on jallikattu. Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan (above) and Pinaki Chandra Ghose, who were on the bench. Photo: T. Vijayakumar

On May 7, 2014, a Supreme Court bench set aside the Madras High Court's verdict and imposed a total ban on jallikattu. Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Pinaki Chandra Ghose (above), who were on the bench. Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR

The twists and turns the legal understanding of jallikattu has undergone in the past decade bring out its complexity.
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