The Madras High Court bench on Wednesday asked jallikattu organisers to view the bull-taming sport as a traditional and cultural sport and “avoid using it for gambling purpose.”
“The organisers and the people should see Jallikattu as a traditional and cultural sport and should not use it to gamble,” a division bench comprising Justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and T S Sivagnanam said while hearing a writ petition filed by M Rajendran .
The bench directed the police to provide protection for the sport and make sure no unpredictable incidents happen.
In his petition, Rajendran stated that jallikattu was being organised in Kalamavur as part of the temple festival for the past 50 years and the District Police Superintendent’s permission was sought for holding the same every year.
He claimed that the event was organised with all proper arrangements to ensure the safety of the spectators, participants and the bulls.
The bull-taming sport was scheduled for Thursday.