Delhi High Court granted two weeks time to Centre, Notify rules on pet shops

NEW DELHI: A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao of Delhi High Court has granted two weeks time to the Centre to notify rules regulating running of pet shops and has warned that failure to do so could invite strict action against the officials concerned.

The Bench passed the order after the central government sought two more weeks time to notify the rules. The Court was hearing a public interest litigation plea by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi. She has alleged in her plea that animals were subjected to intense cruelty in several pet shops

Time of two weeks sought by the respondent 1 (Centre) is granted subject to the condition that if the rules are notified by the next date of hearing on September 17, we will consider taking strict action against officials concerned,” the court said.

Ms. Maulekhi was seeking framing of rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to regulate functioning of pet shops.

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