The government, in an affidavit, said the ban introduced under Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which has received Presidential assent, was not violation of the fundamental rights of citizens to have food of their own choice.

The affidavit was filed by Chitrakala Suryavanshi, Deputy Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development Department, in response to a bunch of petitions challenging the ban which came into force early this month.

The petitions have challenged only Sections 5 (d) and 9 (a) of the Act, which prohibits possession and consumption of meat of cow, bulls and bullocks even if the animals have been slaughtered outside Maharashtra.

According to the petitions, this puts a ban on import of meat. The government has said that Sections 5 (d) and 9 (a) do not suffer from either lack of legislative competence or violation of any fundamental rights.

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