New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday gave states a week’s time to implement its judgement that called for a procedure to prevent mob lynching cases. 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.
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.
“It has to be curbed with an iron hand… no citizen can take law into his hands or become a law on to himself,” said the court.
Following the court orders, a panel of senior government officers deliberated over the possibility of enacting a new law to check the increasing incidents of lynching. Tehseen Poonawalla, who had petitioned the apex court and got directives issued to the government on prevention of the crime, also appeared before the Committee of Secretaries and pitched for a new law. On Friday, Poonawalla also tweeted about development in Alwar lynching case. “I have a v good news to share. Scared of my contempt petition that comes up before the SC today, #Rajasthan govt has filed 302 against the accused in the #AlwarLynching case. Dismissed the cops involved & imposed heavy fine!” he tweeted.
Twenty-eight-year old dairy farmer Rakbar Khan was attacked by a group of cow vigilantes in Lalwandi village of Ramgarh district in Rajasthan on July 20. Khan, a resident of Haryana and his friend Aslam, were transporting two cows to Kolgaon through a forest area when the mob had attacked them apprehending that they were taking the animals for slaughter, said reports.