DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to four States, including Nagaland, to explain whether they have appointed Nodal Officers to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching, as previously ordered by the Court.
“Court notice will be issued to the standing/nominated Counsel for the States of Gujarat, Kerala, Nagaland and Tamil Nadu to state whether they have appointed Nodal Officers in compliance of the aforesaid order. Affidavit in this regard will be filed by the respective States within four weeks from today. Details and particulars of the Nodal Officers shall be stated”, stated an order issued by a Bench comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti.
The Bench noted that the Union of India had filed a status report on November 20 providing the list of 28 States and Union Territories which had appointed Nodal Officers in compliance of the order dated July 17, 2018 passed by apex Court in Tehseen Poonawalla case.
“It is pointed out that the Home Secretary had called a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of the respective States/Union Territories on October 11, 2023. Minutes/details of the said meeting will be placed on record with an affidavit, before the next date of hearing. List in the week commencing February 5, 2024”, stated the order.
In the Tehseen Poonawalla case, the apex Court had directed that State Governments should designate a senior police officer, not below the rank of Superintendent of Police, as Nodal Officer in each district.
“Such Nodal Officer shall be assisted by one of the DSP rank officers in the district for taking measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching. They shall constitute a special task force so as to procure intelligence reports about the people who are likely to commit such crimes or who are involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news”, it stated.
According to the order, the Nodal Officer should hold regular meetings (at least once a month) with the local intelligence units in the district along with all Station House Officers of the district so as to identify the existence of the tendencies of vigilantism, mob violence or lynching in the district and take steps to prohibit instances of dissemination of offensive material through different social media platforms or any other means for inciting such tendencies.
“The Nodal Officer shall also make efforts to eradicate hostile environment against any community or caste which is targeted in such incidents. The Nodal Officers shall bring to the notice of the DGP any inter-district co-ordination issues for devising a strategy to tackle lynching and mob violence related issues at the State level”, it stated.
(Page News Service)