Supreme Court Declines Urgent Hearing on Plea Against States for Failing to Curb Lynching

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NEW DELHI – Despite state governments’ inaction on the mob violence, the Supreme Court on Thursday declined urgent hearing on a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against some states for their failure in curbing mob lynching incidents.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said there was no urgency to hear the contempt plea, reports the PTI.

The bench did not even allow the submission of a lawyer that the apex court judgments, laying down guidelines to deal with lynching and cow vigilantism incidents in the country, have not been followed by various state governments and such incidents are rising.

Refusing urgent hearing, the bench observed that 50 per cent statements made at bar by lawyers seeking urgent listing of cases are found to be incorrect.

Ever since Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister, the country has witnessed a sharp rise of mob lynching incidents and the hate crimes against Muslims, Dalits and Adivasi. The apex court had responded to the alarming situation by directing the governments to take action against the cow vigilantes.

On July 17 last year, a bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra 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 lynching and cow vigilantism. It had then also asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents.

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