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Despite Forensic Clean Chit and Court Order, Jaipur Hotel Accused of Serving Beef Remains Sealed

The Jaipur Municipal Corporation was supposed to reopen hotel Hayat Rabbani as per a court order dated April 29, but the corporation has denied knowledge of the order.

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Representational image. Hotel Hayat Rabbani in Jaipur has been sealed for allegedly serving meat. Credit: elwillybobby/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

New Delhi: A Jaipur hotel that was sealed in March after it was attacked by gau rakshaks has not been reopened despite a district and sessions court order. According to a Hindustan Times report, Hayat Rabbani, a hotel on Jaipur’s Kanti Chandra Road was laid to siege on March 19 based on suspicions that it was serving beef. However, lab reports confirmed that the meat in question was not beef, following which, the court had instructed the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) to reopen the hotel within seven days on April 29.

The JMC was also required to submit a compliance report to the court, but according to hotel owner Naeem Rabbani, the hotel has remained sealed.

Municipal corporation officials told the Hindustan Times that they were unaware of such an order from the court, saying, “If there is any order, we will abide by whatever the honourable court has said”. Rabbani, however, claims that he had handed over the court order to the concerned JMC official himself and therefore, he said, the corporation must have a copy of the order.

The incident occurred in March when Sadhvi Kamal, national president of the Rashtriya Mahila Gau Rakshak Seva Mandal, spotted a worker from the hotel disposing off meat in a plastic bag. Kamal had earlier told The Wire that “It could have been beef,” as a consequence of which she and her associates felt the need to question the worker, who maintained that the meat was chicken.

Kamal had told the Indian Express at the time, “we spotted two youths throwing some garbage, which looked like beef, near the hotel. So we caught them. Locals had also been complaining of a weekly ‘beef party’ on Sundays to us, so we suspected it to be beef.”

The gau rakshaks had allegedly assaulted the worker for attempting to pollute cows in the area. Owing to the ruckus, a mob of more than 100 gathered, laying siege to the hotel, following which JMC officials arrived and sealed the hotel. Amidst chants of ‘Narendra Modi zindabad’, ‘Hayat Rabbani muradabad’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, Rabbani, along with two other hotel workers were booked under section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

To appease the crowd, Rabbani was manhandled before the police, while the meat was sent to a lab for testing, according to an Indian Express report.

On May 9 police confirmed that the meat was not beef as per forensic reports. The Hindustan Times reported that Kamal was apparently unhappy with the results, saying, “I will speak with the police to verify that whether the forensic test of the meat sample has been done correctly or not. Only after that I will decide the next course of action.”

Rabbani, however, said that he insisted all along that the meat was chicken, but the administration ignored his claims. Despite the forensic reports vindicating his claim, his hotel has not been reopened and he continues to suffer losses.