The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the police and the Enforcement Directorate in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra for not arresting the accused in the January 17 riots that claimed over 1,000 lives.
The apex court’s order comes a day after it ruled that the state government cannot impose a blanket ban on protests, despite a plea by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the contrary.
The Delhi High Court on October 27 had issued notices on the charge of abetting rioters to the Delhi Police, the state’s anti-riot cell, for not taking action against the arrested activists on February 2.
The Centre also issued notices for failing to take prompt steps to quell the rioters.
The Supreme Court’s order, which was issued in a notice to the Maharashtra government, said that the Maharashtra police had not filed a case against the accused, Shrikant Sahu, against whom the police had issued notice.
The notice was issued on the recommendation of the bench of Justices M Venkaiah Naidu and R Chandrachud.
The bench had directed the state police to file a charge sheet against the five arrested persons, who are all residents of the state capital.
The court has ordered them to appear before it in court within a month.