Supreme Court today said that killings and violence in the name of cow vigilantism must end and people shall not be allowed to take law into their hands. After hearing senior advocate Indira Jaisingh and Tahseen Poonawalah’s advocate a bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra observed that centre says there is a law in place. Then such incidents have to be curbed. People cannot be allowed to take law into their hands. This must stop. This is not permissible.
Senior Adv. Indira Jaisingh argued before the court that centre says they do not support but even after that statement innocents getting killed. They also say FIRS being lodged. But we do not want to come to court when people are dead. We have to prevent it.
Earlier, Solicitor General made statement before the court that centre does not support violence in name of cow vigilantism and also submitted that law and order is a state subject. Centre however shall ensure that people do not take law into their hands and has qan obligation to issue direction to the states to maintain law and order in the spirit of cooperative federalism. ASG Tushar Mehta sought time to take instructions as regarding role of centre.
Poonawalla filed petition in August last year seeking direction to the centre and some states to take action against so called cow vigilantes, who are allegedly spreading violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities.