Supreme Court, gave states one week’s time to show exercise To Prevent Mob Lynching

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday gave states one week’s time  to give a report on what steps they have taken to prevent mob lynching. Only nine states have replied to the Supreme Court so far, the top court warned the remaining states that their respective Home Secretaries will be summoned if they fail to file the report within the time frame.

In its reply, the centre told the Supreme Court that an empowered Group of Ministers (GoM) has been set up to  examining the possibility of enacting a law to check such incidents.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khawilkar and D Y Chandrachud 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.

In July, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said state and central governments have to take preventive, punitive and remedial measures to stop lynching incidents in the future.

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