Day 7 Arguments: 20th August 2018

The three-judge Bench started hearing the implementation of its guidelines against mob lynching. On 17th July, the Court had issued a slew of guidelines including framing of special law against lynching and appointing a nodal police officer in all districts to deal with lynching incidents.

 

Today, the court was also hearing a contempt petition filed by Mr. Tushar Gandhi and Mr. Tehseen Poonawalla against the State of Rajasthan for the lynching incident on 20th July. Rakbar Khan was allegedly beaten by cow vigilantes in Alwar district when he was leading two cows from his village to his home in Haryana.

 

Ms. Indira Jaising appearing for Mr. Tushar Gandhi  argued that the lynching incident which killed Rakbar Khan  took place days after the court issued strict guidelines against lynching; the State Government admitted in affidavit that police committed 'error' in not taking the victim to a hospital. She sought personal appearance of Chief Secretary of Rajasthan in the contempt matter.

 

The Bench asked the Rajasthan Government to submit a compliance report while detailing the specific actions taken in the Alwar lynching incident. The court listed the contempt matter for 30th August.

 

The Court also directed all the State Governments to submit a compliance report, as stipulated by the 17th July guidelines. The next hearing on state wise implementation of guidelines will be on 7th September 2018

(The post relies on court reporting by Mr. Abhinav Sekhri)