The Bombay High Court on Monday stayed the controversial ban on meat sale in Mumbai on 17 September, which was imposed in the wake of Jain festival Paryushana Parva between 10 and 17 September.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which had imposed the two-day ban on sale of meat in a circular last Monday, revoked the ban after Mumbai's civic body faced backlash for suppressing fundamental rights of the public. However, a separate two-day ban enforced by the state government had continued to be in place until the high court stayed it on Monday.
The state government had imposed the ban on selling meat in the city on 10 and 17 September in accordance with a Supreme Court judgement of 1994, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari had said.
The ban on selling meat on four days during Jain Festival of Forgiveness triggered controversy as BJP's ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, condemned the decision of curbing people's right to eat what they want.
The netizens had also criticised the decision and slammed both the BMC and the BJP over the ban.