New Delhi: The Supreme Court would be hearing next week a plea seeking a court-monitored probe in the Alwar lynching case. The plea has been filed by the victim’s family, said ANI. The plea has also sought for transfer of the trial out of Rajasthan. (Also read: Rakbar’s Children to Get Free Education at Aligarh Madrasa)
The Supreme Court had earlier sought a detailed affidavit from the Rajasthan government giving details of the action taken by them with regard to the incidents of lynching in the state. The direction had come during the hearing of a contempt petition filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla in connection with the Alwar lynching case. A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra also asked other states to file their affidavits with respect to their compliance report on the court’s earlier judgment against mob lynching. On July 17, the apex court had urged the Parliament to consider a new law to prevent such incidents and underscored that violence can’t be allowed in the name of vigilantism. The court had also issued a slew of directions to the government asking to provide preventive, remedial and punitive measures to deal with offences like mob violence and cow vigilantism.
Rakbar Khan, 28, was allegedly beaten to death by an agitated mob on suspicions of cow smuggling in Alwar district on the intervening night of July 20-21. According to media reports, the Alwar police took three hours to take the victim to a hospital which was only six kilometers away. Three accused have been charged with murder in the chargesheet filed by the police. No cop, according to TV reports, has been named in the chargesheet. After taking Khan in the custody, the Alwar cops had allegedly stopped for tea before deciding to take grievously injured Rakbar to hospital for treatment.