Person involved in mob violence will have to pay up too, says Supreme Court

Person involved in mob violence will have to pay up too, says Supreme Court

TNN| Updated: Oct 2, 2018, 03:37 IST


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued comprehensive guidelines to control mob violence and held that any person or organisation, giving a call for such action, would be liable to pay compensation for loss of life or damage to public and private property, besides facing criminal proceedings. 

“This court has time and time again underscored the supremacy of law and that one must not forget that administration of law can only be done by law-enforcing agencies recognised by law. Nobody has the right to become a self-appointed guardian of the law and forcibly administer his or her own interpretation of the law on others, especially not with violent means. Mob violence runs against the very core of our established legal principles since it signals chaos and lawlessness and the state has a duty to protect its citizens against the illegal and reprehensible acts of such groups,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said. 

It directed state governments to set up Rapid Response Teams, preferably district-wise, which could be quickly mobilised to respond to acts of mob violence. 

It said these teams can also be stationed around vulnerable cultural establishments and also asked the states to set up special helplines to deal with such instances.


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