New Delhi, July 23: The Supreme Court to hear on August 28 pleas seeking contempt action against Rajasthan government in the recent mob lynching case at Alwar. In their contempt pleas, Tehseen Poonawala and Tushar Gandhi have alleged that offences are taking place despite the top court’s verdict on cow vigilantism. This plea has been clubbed with others seeking action against Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments over mob lynching incidents, said ANI. (Also read: It’s Safer to be a Cow Than a Muslim, Tweets Tharoor) Also Read - COVID-19: Not Stopping High Courts But Can't Be Silent Spectator During a National Crisis, Says SC
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and consisting of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud as well, would hear the petitions on August 28. Also Read - SC Allows Harish Salve To Recuse As Amicus, Raps Senior Lawyers For Imputing Motives To It
Twenty-eight-year-old Rakhbar alias Akbar Khan was allegedly lynched by a group of people who accused him of smuggling cows, police said. Khan and his friend Aslam were taking two cows to their village in Haryana through Alwar district on Friday night when five men attacked them. They suspected that Khan was smuggling the cows but the allegation is yet to be verified, SHO, Ramgarh Police Station, Subhash Sharma said to PTI. Three arrests have been made so far. Also Read - Supreme Court To Start 'Hybrid Mode' Hearings on Experimental Basis From March 15
In related news, the Centre has been mulling over bringing about changes in the Indian Penal Code to define lynching as a penal offence, said reports. If the IPC is amended to define mob lynching, the government will have to come up with a law to deal with it. If the burden of proof to prove innocence is put on the accused then certain sections of the CrPC and the Indian Evidence Act would also require amendments, the functionary said, PTI reported. He said it will take several days before the government firms up its stand.