The bench headed by the chief justice further asked the state government to come up with an action plan to tackle the stray cattle menace within 4 weeks.
Hearing a bunch of petitions including a suo motu petition taken up by the court following an incident in Bhopal in which a group of stray dogs had attacked a four-year-old girl video of which had gone viral, the court granted the state government four weeks to come up with a plan on how it proposes to tackle the stray cattle menace.
In its reply presented in the court in response to the petitions during a previous hearing, the state government had said that there is a provision of penalty on owners of the stray cattle if they are caught.
Petitioners in the case, however, contended that action on behalf of the state government and its agencies to curb the stray cattle menace is largely limited to papers.
Stray cattle are themselves killed on highways by coming under the vehicles, said the petitioners. The court asked the state government to explain how it proposes to tackle the stray cattle menace in four weeks.