New Delhi, Jan 29: The Supreme Court on Monday issued contempt notice to three BJP ruled states Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for allegedly failing to prevent a spate of cow vigilantism despite an order last year to do so.
The states will have to reply to the notice by September 3, NDTV reported.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued the notice following a plea by Tushar Gandhi, who has been looking into the matter since last year.
It was in response to his petition that the top court, on September 6, had asked 26 states to maintain law and order and prevent incidents related to cow vigilantes.
The states had been directed to appoint nodal officers and highway patrol and keep the court informed about their progress.
Observing that cow vigilantism was not “permissible”, the court had said that “there has to be some kind of action”.
The court also asked the central government — which had pleaded that law and order was a state subject — whether, under the Constitution, it had the responsibility to ask states to put a ban on cow vigilantism.