Alwar Lynching: Supreme Court seeks, Rajasthan Government reply on contempt plea

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today, sought explanation from Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan government over the issue pertaining to Akbar alias Rakbar who was attacked by alleged cow vigilantes in Ramgarh, Alwar, due to suspicion of being a cow smuggler.

A bench of  Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked the Principal Secretary of the state’s Home Department to file an affidavit on a plea seeking contempt of court proceedings against the state government.

The bench asked the Rajasthan government whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the police officers who allegedly took three hours to reach a hospital with a badly injured man accused of smuggling cows.

A dairy farmer from Haryana’s Mewat district, Rakbar was beaten up by seven people in July on suspicion of transporting two cows and their calves. The autopsy report said that he had died of shock and injuries from a “blunt weapon or object.

The bench was hearing a contempt plea filed by Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala seeking contempt action against the Rajasthan government in the mob lynching case at alwar.

Supreme Court directs Police, to take strict action against Kanwariya vandalism

NEW DELHI: Surpreme Court announced to take strict action by the police, against who are responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws after videos showcasing vehicles being vandalised by Kanwariyas across Northern states went viral on social media on Friday.

Earlier this week, various incidents of vandalism and unlawful activities by Kanwariyas were being reported from various parts of the country.

Attorney General KK Venugopal while drawing attention to the vandalism caused by the Kanwad yatris said, “Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in Delhi. In India, there is a riot every week. Marathas in Bombay, SC/ST Agitation, a group even threatened to cut-off the nose of an actress during protests against Padmavat movie. It goes on and on. Police has not registered FIR.”

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, reiterated an earlier verdict, which stated that videography of every procession should have to be made.

Justice Chandrachud, who was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court before his elevation to the apex court, referred to traffic congestion on the road between Varanasi and Allahabad during ‘kanwar yatra’, the annual pilgrimage in which Shiva devotees usually travel in groups.

“Half portion of the highway between Allahabad to Varanasi is blocked and it takes five hours to reach Allahabad from Varanasi,” the judge observed.