SC directs states to appoint nodal officers to prevent cow vigilantism

06 September, New Delhi


Supreme Court Wednesday directed all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed the chief secretaries of every state government to file a status report giving details of the actions taken to prevent
incidents of cow vigilantism.

The bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar, asked the Centre to respond to the submission that it could issue directions under Article 256 of the Constitution to all state governments on issues related to law and order.

The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking various reliefs, including a direction to all the state governments to take preventive measures against cow vigilantism.

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