New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the eight states and one union territory, who have not complied with its earlier order on mob lynching, to file their replies within two weeks. This breather comes after the apex court had given states more time during the last hearing. Also Read - Supreme Court Dismissed Netflix Plea And Restrained Them From Releasing Bad Boys Billionaires
Failing to do so, the court said, their Chief Secretaries would be summoned. The next date for hearing has been fixed as September 13. The Centre informed the apex court that a Group of Ministers had been constituted. The court said that only 11 states had filed their compliance reports. Also Read - CBI Takes Over Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Here Are The Top Key Points of The Supreme Court Verdict
In July, a three-judge bench of Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had told the Centre and state governments to take preventive, punitive and remedial measures to stop lynching incidents. The bench had also asked the governments to file their compliance report on the series of directions given. The apex court also recommended to Parliament to enact a separate law to those guilty of participating in lynching. It also said that horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be tolerated and cannot be allowed to become a new norm. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput's Family Issues Statement After SC Allows CBI Probe, Says 'People Involved in Dastardly Crime Will Be Brought to Justice'
Meanwhile, the Gujarat government has announced that any incident of mob lynching would be considered a “serious offence” and would come under Section 153(A) of the IPC, entailing a jail term of three years, said a report in The Indian Express. All district Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) in the state would now be appointed as nodal officers in such cases in their respective area “and it would be their responsibility to control incidents of this nature”, said a government’s release.