‘Contempt’ Plea to be heard by SC against Rajasthan gov’t


New Delhi: With a major blow to Rajasthan government where the Supreme Court agreed to take Contempt action on the 28th August direction against mob lynching. Recent lynching of Muslim man by vigilantism group in Alwar has created outspark against Vasundhra Raje’s government.

Contempt pleas filed by Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, alleged that incidents of mob lynching and vigilantism were taking place despite a verdict by the apex court in this regard.

Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would hear the petitions on August 28. Presenting their case in front of the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, Gandhi and Poonawala sought contempt actions against the Rajasthan government.

The apex court had on July 17 asked the Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm.
On July 21, a man was allegedly lynched by a group of people on suspicion that he was smuggling cows in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Rakbar Khan was beaten to dead by mob at the midnight while an another person escaped.

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