The Supreme Court today sought to know from the Kerala government on whether compensation has been paid to the people bitten by stray.dogs in the state and warned the concerned authorities of contempt if they had not done so.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said if compensation is not given within two weeks, contempt proceedings may be initiated against the authorities concerned.
The committee, headed by former Kerala High Court judge Justice S S Jagan, had told the top court that over one lakh people in Kerala have been bitten by dogs in 2015-16, warning that frequent stray dog attacks on children in the state had created a dangerous situation.
A batch of petitions by various NGOs and individuals was heard by the apex court, which had in 2016 set up the panel headed by the former judge to inquire into the incidents of people killing stray.dogs and the support rendered to this by vigilante groups in the state.
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