The Supreme Court on Monday once again asked the Centre and the states to "absolutely religiously comply" with its orders and give wide publicity on radio, television and other media platforms to its direction that lynching and mob violence of any kind will invite the wrath of the law.
The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud reiterated its order after senior counsel Indira Jaising told the court that its direction to give wide publicity to its July 17 direction through public broadcaster and other media platforms have not been complied with.
Describing the direction as a part of "preventive measures", the court on Monday said: "It has to be borne in mind that the said direction was issued so that people realize the gravity of their actions and the effect on the law and order situation. The said purpose has to be put on the high pedestal and people must realize that involvement in such activities will invite the wrath of the law."
Saying this, the court noted the statement by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that "the same shall be done, if not already done, within a week hence".
The top court by its July 17 judgment had directed the Central and the state governments to "broadcast on radio and television and other media platforms including the official websites of the Home Department and police of the states that lynching and mob violence of any kind shall invite serious consequence under the law".
The court had by its last order said that the home secretaries of the states and the union territories that would fail to file the report on the compliance of its direction would be directed to appear before the court in person.
The court asked senior counsel Sanjay Hegde to prepare a chart, states/UTs-wise giving details of victims of mob violence who have not been given compensation.