Clarify action taken on lynching: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Principal Secretary (Home) of Rajasthan to clarify the Vasundhara Raje government’s position and “every aspect” of the action taken against officials in the aftermath of the lynching of Rakbar Khan by cow vigilantes and his subsequent death at Alwar district in July. The incident took place a couple of days after the Supreme Court’s July 17 verdict condemned lynchings and mob violence as “horrendous acts of mobocracy” and urged Parliament to enact a new anti-lynching law. The court had also directed officials from the States such as Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat to take immediate steps to prevent cow vigilantism. Khan, 28, was attacked by cow vigilantes in the Ramgarh area of Alwar district on July 20 when he was leading two cows from Ladpura village to his home to Haryana. The orders came during a hearing on a contempt plea filed by Tushar Gandhi and activist Tehseen Poonawala seeking action against the Rajasthan government. In its order, the Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra recorded the submissions made by senior advocate Indira Jaising for Mr. Poonawala that “a terrible lynching has taken place on July 24, 2018 at Village Lalwandi, District Ramgarh, Rajasthan”.

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