Gurugram namaz row: SC agrees to hear plea for contempt action against Haryana officials

In 2018, the apex court issued guidelines to the Centre and states, asking them to take steps such as fast-tracking trials, victim compensation, deterrent punishment and disciplinary action against lax law-enforcing officials.
'Bharat Mata Vahini' Group members protest against devotees offering prayers (Namaz) at an open site, at Sector 37, in Gurugram on a Friday in December, 2021.
'Bharat Mata Vahini' Group members protest against devotees offering prayers (Namaz) at an open site, at Sector 37, in Gurugram on a Friday in December, 2021.File/ANI

New Delhi, Jan 31: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list for urgent hearing a former Rajya Sabha lawmaker's plea seeking contempt action against top Haryana government officials over alleged disruptions in the offering of Friday 'namaz' in Gurugram.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions of senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for former MP Mohammad Adeeb, and said state government officials have not been following the 2018 apex court judgment issuing a slew of directions to stop hate crimes.

This is not only based on newspaper reports, we have ourselves filed complaints. We are not asking for any enforcement of FIR. This court has laid down preventive measures," the senior lawyer said.

"I will look into it and post before the appropriate bench immediately," the CJI said.

Adeeb has filed a contempt plea seeking action against Haryana's chief secretary and the director general of police for not complying with the earlier judgment passed on Tehseen Poonawala's plea.

There have been alleged incidents of disruptions in offering namaz in open designated places in Gurugram.

In 2018, the apex court issued guidelines to the Centre and states, asking them to take steps such as fast-tracking trials, victim compensation, deterrent punishment and disciplinary action against lax law-enforcing officials.

One guideline said states shall designate a senior police officer not below the rank of police superintendent as the nodal officer in each district. These officers will set up a task force to be assisted by one DSP-rank officer for taking measures to prevent mob violence and lynching.

The task force will gather intelligence reports on people likely to commit such crimes or who are involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news, it had said.

The state governments shall immediately identify districts, sub-divisions and villages where instances of lynching and mob violence have been reported in the recent past, it had said.

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