New Delhi, Sept 6: Taking a serious note of violence in the name of cow vigilantism the Supreme Court of India has on Wednesday directed all the state governments to appoint a nodal officer who should be a senior police officer in each district to prevent such incidents.
The SC Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra further directed the chief secretaries of every state government to file a status report giving details of the actions initiated to prevent the incidents of cow vigilantism.
The Bench also directed the central government to respond to the submission that it could issue directions under Article 256 of the Constitution to all the state governments on the issues related to law and order.
The Supreme Court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking clear directions to all the state governments to take measures to prevent the mindless violence in the name of cow vigilantism.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising appeared for the petitioner Tushar Gandhi. Besides, Gandhi Congress leader Tahseen Poonawala too had filed the similar petition on this issue.
Besides the Chief Justice the other two members of the bench were Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A M Khanwilkar.