Mumbai, Oct 11: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to lift a ban imposed on bullock cart races in Maharashtra for Divali festival. The High Court observed that amendment to the law could not change the fact that the races meted out cruelty to animals.Also Read - Maharashtra Board Classes 10, 12 Supplementary Result To Be Released on October 20 | Check Time Here

In August, the Bombay High Court restrained Maharashtra government from granting permission to hold Bullock cart races till the authorities frame rules governing the activity. The court said that since the state government had not framed rules to govern the races in line with the amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, it could not grant permission for such races. Also Read - Maharashtra SET Answer Keys 2021 Released: Here’s How to Download it on

During the budget session of the Maharashtra legislature, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance had introduced a bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act to regularise the bullock cart races in the state, which was subsequently passed. Also Read - Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: Mumbai Police Issues SOPs For Eid-e-Milad, All Processions Except 1 Prohibited. Full Guidelines

A popular form of sport in mofussil Maharashtra, particularly in western and northern parts of the state, bullock cart races were banned in 2014, but the state revived the proposal after Tamil Nadu enacted a law regularising its rural sport “Jalikattu” or taming the bull.