The SC today asked the Centre government and the states not to protect any kind of vigilantism and sought their response on violent incidents of cow vigilantism.
Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre, said law and order was a state subject and it was up to them to curb such incidents.
The government’s response was to a petition filed by social activist Tehseen Poonawala seeking direction to the Centre and some states to take action against so-called gau rakhasks, who profess to protect cows, an animal considered sacred by a section of Hindus.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country.
“You say that law and order is a state subject and states are taking actions as per law. You don’t protect any kind of vigilantism,” the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and MM Shantanagoudar, said.