The Supreme Court withdrew its interim order, under which it has put a hold on the Delhi High Court's 2021 decision regarding the right to feed stray dogs. The High Court in its order in 2021 had said that stray dogs also have the right to food and citizens have the right to feed them (dogs).
The apex court had on March 4 stayed the order by a non-governmental organization (NGO) 'Human Foundation for People and Animals', saying it would increase the apprehension of threats from stray dogs. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice S. A bench of Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia took note of the submissions that the High Court order was passed in a civil case in which two private parties were face to face and the NGO has no right to interfere in the trial.
The bench also took note of the fact that since the dispute between the two parties to the original trial has been settled, there was no need to continue the trial at the behest of the third party. Therefore, we dispose of the petition and withdraw the interim order.
In related matters, a petitioner urged the court to look into the dog bite cases and the problem of stray dogs in the city. Justice Lalit addressed the lawyers present in the court on the issue of huge pendency of important matters before the court and what kind of cases the court has to give priority. Particularly in such cases he observed that the petitioners have an effective remedy before the High Courts and should approach them first.