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Kambala ban stayed; Karnataka HC awaits SC verdict on Jallikattu

Karnataka High Court on Monday decided to await the top court verdict on Jallikattu to decide the fate of Kambala. The interim ban on the annual buffalo race would remain for at least another two weeks.

“This honourable court will wait for the Supreme Court order on Jallikattu (bull taming sport) and accordingly decide on Kambala,” Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee heading a division bench said in his order.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear all Jallikattu matters on Tuesday after the Centre filed a plea seeking to withdraw the January 6 notification.

Similar to Jallikattu, A division bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice had in November 2016 an interim order banning all Kambala races after PETA filed a PIL citing animal cruelty in the sport.

The protesters are demanding an ordinance, as was done in the case of Jallikattu to permit holding of the folk sport.

The protesters had drawn support from different corners, including film stars and politicians.

Kambala used to be held in coastal regions of Karnataka. It was especially popular in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. The sport generally starts in November and lasts until March.

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