The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports titled ‘Punjab cops beat up woman in public’ and ‘Police assaulting women in Patna’ and sought assistance of Attorney-General G. E. Vahanvati in proceeding with the case.
In a brief order, a Bench of Justices G. S. Singhvi and Ms. Ranjana Desai said almost all the leading newspapers of the country published the report on Punjab Police beating up a woman and her father. The Bench also said another report published on Wednesday in various newspapers showed that contractual teachers who were demanding regular wages were brutally beaten up by the police in Patna.
It said “the contents of the news items revealed that members of the Punjab Police and Patna Police had mercilessly beaten an unarmed woman and teachers. Both the incidents have shocked the conscience of the entire nation. Unfortunately, the governments of Punjab and Bihar have not taken adequate steps for protecting the people against the wholly unwarranted action taken by the police at Tarn Taran and Patna. These incidents raise important Constitutional issues relating to Article 21 of the Constitution and dignity of individual. We, therefore, feel that it is proper for this Court to take cognisance of the gross violation of the human rights as well as the Constitutional rights of the people.”
The Bench in its order said “we request the Attorney-General to assist the Court. We also request senior advocates Harish N. Salve and U. U. Lalit to assist the Court as amicus ”.
The Bench also directed the Registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice and seek his direction for listing of the case on March 11.
Seeks assistance of Attorney-General
with the case