Lynching: Supreme Court raps states for delay in report, gives them a week

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Sep 7 : The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up states for failing to file a compliance report on the steps taken by them to deal with mob lynchings and cow vigilantism.

Noting that only 11 states of the 29 States and seven union territories had filed compliance reports following its July 17 verdict on cow vigilantism, the court asked the remaining states to file their reports within one week.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khawilkar and D Y Chandrachud granted the last opportunity to the defaulting states and UTs, warning if they did not file their reports within a week, then their home secretaries will have to appear in person before the court.

“If reports are not filed then the home secretary of the defaulting state will have to appear in person before court,” the court said.

The Supreme Court had in July asked the Parliament to come up with an anti-lynching law to tackle cow vigilantism and lynch mobs while laying down preventive, remedial, and punitive measures. The measures laid down by the court included steps to tackle hate speeches, provocative statements.

The bench was hearing a plea by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Rajasthan officials including the Chief Secretary and the police chief for alleged violation of the top court’s verdict in the alleged lynching of dairy farmer Rakbar Khan on July 20.

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