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File report on mob lynching, cow vigilantism within a week: SC to states

The Centre informed the court that an Empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the cow vigilantism verdict

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Friday took exception to the fact that only 11 of the 29 states and seven union territories have filed reports regarding compliance of its order directing them to take steps to deal with mob lynchings and

A bench of Chief Justice 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.

During the hearing, the Centre informed the court that an Empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the verdict.

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.

On July 17, the top court had said that "horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with and

It had then also asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents.

First Published: Fri, September 07 2018. 13:00 IST
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