SC issues notice to 7 states, seeks response on cow vigilantes

Supreme Court

New Delhi, April 7: Taking a strict note of a plea seeking curb to self-appointed cow vigilante groups indulging in lynching, the Supreme Court on Friday sought responses from seven states.

Recently several cases have been reported where the cow vigilantes have attacked people merely on grounds of suspicion of their being involved in the beef trade.

Last week, a group of gau rakshaks attacked five people in Rajasthan’s Alwar on suspicion of them dealing in beef trade and one person died later on.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the apex court that no formal notice has been issued to the states in the matter so far. The bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra then issued a notice on the matter.

The court had also issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on the plea.

The seven states that have been issued notice on Lynching maters are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

The notice was issued on a plea by Tehseen S. Poonawala. Yesterday Rajya Sabha also asked the Centre to submit a report on the matter after Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said no such incident is being reported. He said state government has not confirmed the media reports citing Alwar lynching.

Wefornews Bureau

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