Lucknow, Mar 28: A Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from Uttar Pradesh government and Lucknow Nagar Nigam on closure of meat shops and non-renewal of license of meat shops. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered to shut all illegal abattoirs across the Uttar Pradesh. The Allahabad High Court has given time to Uttar Pradesh government and Lucknow Nagar Nigam till April 3 for submitting explanation on closure of meat shops.

The Allahabad High Court asked the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh Government and the Lucknow Municipal Corporation under which provision meat shops in the state capital were being forced to shut down. The court also rapped the Lucknow Municipal Corporation asking why the authorities concerned not take any initiative in time to renew the licences of meat shops. (ALSO READ: Yogi Adityanath observes nine-day long Navratri fasts; here’s what he will eat)

The court was hearing a petition filed by Shahbuddin and nine other meat traders, who had pleaded in 2015 in the court that they had the licence to run the shops. As their licences had expired two years ago, they applied for renewal but the LMC rejected their request citing the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines, which say that the slaughterhouses should be run by the municipal authorities.

Meanwhile, thousands of meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh shut shops for an indefinite period from Monday against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to close down illegal slaughterhouses, causing concerns over Rs 15,000-crore industry that employs 25 lakh people in the state.