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Mob lynching: SC notice to Centre, 10 states on petition alleging non-implementation of its order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and 10 states to explain the steps taken to check mob lynching after a petition accused states of failing to implement its 2018 guidelines to deal with vigilantism.

Mob lynching: SC notice to Centre, 10 states on petition alleging non-implementation of its order

Incidents of lynching were increasing and no step was being taken to implement the top court’s directions to deal with mob lynching, the petitioner’s counsel submitted. File photo



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 26

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and 10 states to explain the steps taken to check mob lynching after a petition accused states of failing to implement its 2018 guidelines to deal with vigilantism.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Human Rights Commission and the 10 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan, to respond to a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Council of India Trust.

Incidents of lynching were increasing and no step was being taken to implement the top court’s directions to deal with mob lynching, the petitioner’s counsel submitted.

The counsel pointed out that the 2018 directions issued by the top court to the government to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with mob violence have not been implemented.

The Supreme Court had on July 17 last year asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm. A new law was needed to instil a sense of fear for law amongst those who involve themselves in mob lynching, it had said.

The top court had also suggested trial of mob violence cases by fast-track courts in six months. It was the duty of state governments to ensure law and order in the society, besides ensuring that the rule of law prevailed, it had noted.

On September 6, 2017, the top court had asked all states to take stern measures to stop violence in the name of cow protection, including appointment of senior police officers as nodal officers in every district within a week and acting promptly to check the cow vigilantes from behaving like they were “law unto themselves”.

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