Karnataka HC adjourns Kambala issue by two weeks, to call petitioner after Jallikattu verdict

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Jan. 30 : The Karnataka High Court has adjourned the Kambala matter for two weeks and advised the petitioner to come back once the apex court passes a verdict on Tamil Nadu's bull taming sport Jallikattu.

With the clamour growing for revoking the ban on Kambala, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier pitched for the traditional annual buffalo race, saying that the government will issue an ordinance to lift the ban if necessary.

"We are in favour of Kambala. It is an old traditional game and it has to be continued. We will examine it that whether to bring an ordinance or not. If necessary, we will do it," Siddaramaiah told the media here. After the revocation of ban on Jallikattu following huge agitations, the Kambala committees are reportedly planning to hold a large-scale protest in Tamil Nadu on January 28 in Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district.

The Karnataka High Court in an interim order, in November 2016, had stayed holding of Kambala on a petition by PETA.

The Kannada committee, however, filed an interim application seeking vacation of the stay. As of now the case has been adjourned till January 30. Kambala is a folk sport, held traditionally under the auspices local land lords and households, in coastal Karnataka.

The sport generally starts in November and lasts until March. Nearly 18 Kambalas have been held under the banner of Kambala Association for the last two decades..

Source: ANI