Not Supporting Vigilantism, Centre Tells Apex Court

It is the responsibility of respective States to take action against cow vigilantes, as law and order is a State subject, says Solicitor General.

New Delhi: The Central Government has maintained in Supreme Court on Friday that “it does not back any kind of vigilantism”. This submission came during the hearing on a petition in the apex court against lynching of people by mobs in the name of cow protection.

The Centre underlined that since law and order is a State subject, it is their (States’) responsibility to take action in such incidents.

“Law and order is a State subject and the Central Government does not have any role in it. However, Union of India is of the view that no vigilante group has any space in the country, as per procedures of law. It (Centre) does not support any kind of vigilantism by private persons,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the court.

The top court had earlier issued notices to six States – Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Karnataka, on the petition against such attacks.

Jharkhand and Gujarat, responding to notices, told the Supreme Court that action had been taken against all those involved in such attacks in the recent past.

Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, in his plea explaining the prevailing conditions, quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has declared that people perpetrating violence under the name of Gau Raksha were actually destroying the society.

Poonawalla alleged that these atrocities were mainly against Dalits and minorities. Gau rakshaks and organisations encouraging violence in the name of cow protection should be banned in the interests of social harmony, public morality and law and order in the country, he maintained.

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