Cow vigilantism: SC seeks response from 3 states

Cow vigilantism: SC seeks response from 3 states

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over a plea seeking contempt action against these states for not following its order to take stern steps to stop violence in the name of cow vigilantism. The petition, which has been filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, alleges that the three states have not complied with the top court order of September 6 last year.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice and sought the replies from the three states by April 3. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gandhi, said that despite the apex court order, violent incidents were still being witnessed in various parts of these states, reports PTI.

The bench said it will hear the contempt petition along with the main writ petition filed by Gandhi earlier. On September 6 last year, the apex court had asked all the states to take stern measures to stop violence in the name of cow protection, including appointing of senior police officers as nodal officer in every district within a week and acting promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are “law unto themselves”.

Observing that such acts of violence “must stop”, it had directed the states to form a dedicated task force in each district. It had asked their chief secretaries to file status report giv...

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