Our Correspondent / NEW DELHI
The Supreme Court on Friday asked all the States to file report on the compliance of its order for appointing a nodal officer to prevent violence by the cow vigilante groups across the country as it said that States are under obligation to pay compensation to the victim of crime.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the States to file the compliance report after it was told that only Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh , Jharkhabd and Guwahati have filed the status report as directed by the court in its last order.
Under the Code of Criminal Procedure the State is under obligation to have a scheme for victim compensation and if they don’t have then they should have one, said the court as senior counsel Indira Jaisinh appearing for one of the petitioners urged the court to order compensation to the victims of. Violence by the vigilante groups.
Jaisinh said that there should be a National Policy for the Prevention of Ctime.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal also appearing for one of the petitioner told the court that while the perpetrator of violence in the name of protecting vows were on bail, the victims of their violence was facing FIRs and persecution.
After many cases of violence in the name of saving cows came to light, the Supreme Court had on September 6 passed a slew of measures and asked states to appoint a senior police officer in every district as a nodal officer. “The senior police officer shall take prompt action and will ensure vigilante groups and such people are prosecuted with promptitude,” it had said, adding that the nodal officers have to ensure that cow vigilantes did not become a law unto themselves.
Apart from this, the apex court had also asked the states to make sure that highways are patrolled with efficiency as such incidents took place on highways on the pretext that vehicles are carrying beef. Besides Gandhi, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla has also filed a similar petition.