Published On : Tue, Jul 17th, 2018

State must prevent mobocracy: SC on cow vigilantism

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said no one can take law into their hands and it is duty of state to ensure order, prevent mobocracy.

The apex court was hearing batch of pleas seeking directions to formulate guidelines to curb vigilantism.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud also asked parliament to see whether a new law can be made into the issue.

The bench fixed the matter for further hearing on August 28.

The court’s order came on batch of petitions including one by social activist Tehseen S Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking to curb violence by cow vigilante groups.

Tushar Gandhi had also filed a contempt plea on some States, accusing them of not enforcing the earlier orders of the court.