The Supreme Court on Friday asked all the states to comply with its directions to deal with incidents related to cow vigilantism and mob lynching. In its verdict, after noting that only 11 states had filed compliance reports following its July 17 verdict on cow vigilantism, the apex court asked the remaining states to file their reports within one week.
Granting the last opportunity to the defaulting states and UTs, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khawilkar and D Y Chandrachud sent a strong warning that if they did not file their reports within a week, then their home secretaries will have to appear in person before 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 cow vigilantism 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 mob lynching and cow vigilantism.
It had then also asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents.