7 Jun 2021 12:51 PM GMT
Congress Leader and Rajyasabha Member Digvijaya Singh has filed a plea before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking direction to the State of Madhya Pradesh to implement the directions passed by the Supreme Court in various cases for the prevention of incidents of mob violence, communal violence and mob lynching.The Madhya Pradesh High Court (the bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq...
Congress Leader and Rajyasabha Member Digvijaya Singh has filed a plea before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking direction to the State of Madhya Pradesh to implement the directions passed by the Supreme Court in various cases for the prevention of incidents of mob violence, communal violence and mob lynching.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court (the bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sujoy Paul) today issued the notice to the Madhya Pradesh Government returnable within 6 weeks.
The plea has been through Advocate Ravindra Singh Chhabra and Mudit Maheshwari and goes on to refer to Apex Court's ruling in the cases of Tehseen Poonawala v/s Union of India (2018) 9 SCC 501, Commissioner of Police and Ors v/s Acharya Jagdishwarananda Avadhuta and Ors (2004) 12 SCC 770 and Arumugam Servai v/s State of Tamil Nadu (2011) 6 SCC 405.
Tehseen Poonawala – Court has issued directions so as to the preventive, remedial and punitive measures to be complied with by the State authorities in case of communal violence, mob violence or lynching.
Acharya Jagdishwarananda Avadhuta - Court has issued directions for ensuring that as and when these religious rallies are organized by any religious organization or sect, permission for same should be in accordance with the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court.
Arumugam Servai - Court has issued directions to hold a departmental inquiry against the negligent officials for dereliction of duty in case of communal violence.
Referring to recent alleged incidents of communal violence by the members of some organizations in Districts of Indore, Mandsaur and Ujjain in the guise of fund collection for construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, the plea avers:
"This left a trail of communal violence, breach of peace and communal harmony and destruction of immovable-movable property of the victims and otherwise."
Further, the Petitioner has submitted that he supports the pious work of construction of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, however the collection of funds/ donations must be voluntary and the members of minority community should not be coerced or threatened to pay a donation for this pious purpose.
"In the guise of this pious work, some organizations are targeting members of the minority community. of Madhya Pradesh in order to show their dominance and breach communal harmony in the State of Madhya Pradesh," adds the plea by Singh.
Singh further prays before the Court to issue directions in case of rallies organized by any religious organization or religious sect in State of Madhya Pradesh appropriate measures must be taken to protect disturbance of public peace and breach of communal harmony, so as to prevent such incidents in the future.
Other averments in the plea
The plea refers to isolated incidents which took place at Mandsaur, Ujjain, and Indore, wherein allegedly, people from the minority community had to face the wrath of the violence.
In this backdrop, the plea avers:
"It is needless to say that the State Government, Local Administration and Police are duty bound to maintain the law and order in the State and it is also the duty of the State to promote secularism in the State which is necessary to secure the aim and object of welfare State enshrined in the Preamble and other parts of the Constitution of India."
Further, the plea states that if the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court are followed in letter and spirit by the State of Madhya Pradesh, it would ensure preventing such incidents, providing adequate relief and compensation to the victims of the communal incident.
Also, the plea adds, that it would fix the responsibility of the officials of administration and police who were responsible to prevent such incidents and ensuring a professional and fair response from the officials in cases of communal violence incidents.
Reliefs prayed for