Central, state governments must take steps to stop cow vigilante groups: Supreme Court

India's top court wants central and state government's to stop cow vigilante groups. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 06, 2017, 06.27 AM (IST)

India's highest court said today the central and state governments must take effective steps to stop cow vigilante groups from taking law in their hands.

Supreme Court asked each state to appoint a senior police officer in each district as nodal officer to take action against cow vigilantism.

Chief Justice of India(CJI) Dipak Misra said: "We know laws are there, but what action has been taken? You can take planned action so that vigilantism does not grow."

CJI Dipak Misra also directed the chief secretaries of every state government to file a status report giving details of actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.

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 governments to take preventive measures against cow vigilantism.

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