SC asks MHA to seek reports from states on plea alleging attacks on Christians
New Delhi, Sep 01: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to obtain verification reports from Bihar, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh on the steps taken on alleged attacks on Christian institutions and priests.
The apex court gave two months for the complete process that includes the registration of FIRs and arrests, the state of the investigation, and charge sheets that were filed.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said an attack on individuals does not mean it is an attack on the community but it needs to verify the claims of any such incident if it is made in the public interest litigation (PIL).
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that on verification it has been found the majority of the alleged cases mentioned in the PIL are false and based on "self-serving articles" published on a web portal.
He said that the court should not pass an order in such a PIL, otherwise it will open Pandora's box.
The bench gave two months to the MHA to seek reports from the States.
It said that the court is only concerned that its earlier verdicts on the appointment of nodal officers for reporting and monitoring of such incidents are complied with by the States.
The court's order came on a PIL filed by Rev. Dr. Peter Machado of National Solidarity Forum, Rev. Vijayesh Lal of Evangelical Fellowship of India, and others claiming violence against the members of the Christian community in the country.