New Delhi, Sep 6: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said cow vigilantism should be banned and it is not acceptable under the law.
Not only this, the apex court also directed the states to appoint nodal officers in each district to take steps to prevent cow related incidents and act against the perpetrators.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said ” This must stop. What action have you taken? It is not permissible. There has to be some kind of action.”
The remarks comes after advocate Indira Jaising drew the court’s attention towards the violence being unleashed by the vigilante groups across the country on mere suspicion of beef consumption.
While directing the appointment of nodal officers, the court asked the Chief Secretaries of the states to file affidavits on the action taken, including the deployment of highway patrols.
SC also questioned the Central government that why under Article 256 shouldn’t it be held responsible to prevent such incidents.
The court came with this order after hearing clutches of petitions, including by Tushar Gandhi.