Delhi High Court Criticizes Officials Over Dairy Norm Violations

The Delhi High Court expressed strong disapproval towards Delhi government officials for their failure to enforce regulations governing cattle dairies in the capital. The court session on Wednesday revealed widespread non-compliance, with many dairies operating without necessary licenses from multiple regulatory bodies, including the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India.

Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora were particularly critical of the rampant use of the banned drug oxytocin in dairies, the disposal of toxic milk in consumer products, and the lack of oversight by statutory authorities. The justices underscored the administration’s apparent negligence, pointing out the dire consequences of such oversight on public health.

During the hearing, the court also addressed the chief secretary Naresh Kumar, who participated virtually, expressing dissatisfaction with the slow progress in relocating the Ghazipur and Bhalswa dairies. These dairies, situated near large landfill sites, pose significant health risks, with cattle feeding on hazardous waste.

The chief secretary conveyed the ongoing efforts to clear legacy waste by 2026 and requested that the dairies continue operations temporarily. However, the court has scheduled another hearing for May 27 to further address these issues.

On May 1, the court had ordered weekly inspections to monitor and crack down on the illegal use of oxytocin, with directives to the police to intensify investigations into the sources of such drugs.

The hearing was based on a plea by Sunayana Sibal, Asher Jessudoss, and Akshita Kukreja, who cited severe statutory violations, including animal cruelty and unsanitary conditions in dairy operations. The petition highlighted the dire state of health and hygiene in these dairies, leading to environmental and public health hazards.

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The court’s strong stance reflects its commitment to enforcing legal standards and safeguarding both animal welfare and public health in the face of governmental inaction.

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