The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to three BJP-governed states, namely Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, over their failure to prevent attacks on innocent people by right-wing terrorists masquerading as cow-vigilantes.
The top court decided to issue contempt notices to these states on a petition filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Responding to Gandhi’s petition the apex court, in September last year, had directed 26 states to stop violence by right-wing terrorists posing as cow protectors.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud told the lawyers for the petitioner on Monday that they were issuing notices to the three governments on the matter.
Gandhi, as reported by Live Law, had said in his petition, “Chief Secretaries of the respondent states were directed to take immediate steps to prevent cases of violence related to cow vigilantism and file affidavits. The states were asked to appoint nodal officers in each district and also appoint officers for patrolling on the highways. This was to protect people from the gruesome targeted attacks and killings. Nothing has been done.”
Gandhi was being represented by lawyers Indira Jaising and Shadan Farasat.
The top court also asked the Centre to explain if it, under the constitution, had any responsibility to ask the states to act decisively against the so-called cow vigilantes.
Starting from Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri in 2015 to Pehlu Khan in April 2017 and Junaid in June last year, dozens of innocent Muslims and Dalits have fallen victim to the Hindutva terrorists’ violence since the BJP formed government at the Centre in May 2014. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had once disapproved their acts, his government at the Centre has largely been a mute spectator to the brutal violence against India’s minority communities.